Sikorsky Delivers First SAR Configured S-76D™ Helicopter
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 14, 2014
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW--
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the delivery of the first S-76D™
aircraft equipped for search-and-rescue (SAR) services. The aircraft was
delivered to Mitsubishi Corporation for use by the Japan Coast Guard. The
announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United
Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Sikorsky announced today that it has delivered the first S-76D aircraft
configured for Search and Rescue missions to Mitsubishi Corporation. This
helicopter will be used by the Japan Coast Guard.
To date, Mitsubishi Corporation has contracted for 11 S-76D helicopters for
use by the Japan Coast Guard, which has a record of flying S-76^® aircraft in
the SAR configuration and continues to build on its history. Specifically, the
Japan Coast Guard has flown the S-76C^™, S-76C+^™ and S-76C++^™ models.
Among other essential equipment crucial to the SAR mission, the Japan Coast
Guard aircraft will feature a fully coupled, four-axis autopilot to reduce
pilot workload and enhance overall mission safety.
"We are excited to deliver our first S-76D helicopter outfitted for SAR
operations to a loyal customer who has experienced the success of the S-76
family," said Dan Hunter, director, Platforms, Sikorsky Commercial Systems &
Services. "Japan is an important market with many potential customers for all
S-76D mission segments, and we are thrilled to have more of our aircraft
operate in the region."
Sikorsky delivered the first S-76D aircraft to Bristow Group, Inc. for
offshore oil worker transport in December 2013. Today, Sikorsky also announced
that it has begun delivering S-76D aircraft equipped for VIP/Executive
Transportation. By the end of this year, the company expects to deliver S-76D
helicopters equipped for the Emergency Medical Services; the fourth and final
mission segment for the S-76D helicopter.
Sikorsky has delivered more than 800 S-76 helicopters to customers globally
since 1979, contributing daily to a growing 6.5-million-plus fleet flight
The new generation S-76D helicopter, through its application of modern
technologies, provides a substantial increase in performance, power and
authority. The S-76D helicopter's baseline equipment includes powerful and
efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines; an advanced THALES TopDeck ®
integrated avionics system and four-axis autopilot; Health and Usage
Monitoring System (HUMS) incorporated into fleet monitoring and analysis;
active vibration control; and all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades.
A Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS) for all-weather capability will be
available as an option.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in
aircraft design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in
Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high-technology products and
support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
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SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Contact: Callie Ferrari, APR, Mobile: 203-360-4819,
Callie.Ferrari@Sikorsky.com, or Paul Jackson Mobile: 860-614-3899,
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