Sikorsky S-76D Helicopter Begins Production
December 18, 2009, - The first S-76D helicopter airframe has entered
production on the assembly line at Aero Vodochody (Aero) in the
The first S-76D helicopter airframe – serial number 761004 – had its
fuselage joined and then entered final assembly at Aero. The fuselage is
scheduled to depart Aero in April 2010 for delivery to Sikorsky Global
Helicopters facility in .
“It has taken a tremendous amount of coordination, teamwork and
dedication to reach this important milestone in the S-76D helicopter
program, both within Sikorsky’s operations and with many key suppliers
who have contributed to the program,” said Tim Fox, S-76D helicopter
program manager. “Today we can say we are manufacturing S-76D aircraft,
and we are truly excited about it.”
Sikorsky will receive S-76D helicopter fuselages at an initial rate of
one per month, beginning with the first fuselage due in April 2010. Full
S-76D helicopter production rates are expected to be achieved in 2011.
“These suppliers are committed to the program and are working
collaboratively towards the delivery of the aircraft. With the airframe
originating in the
Among the S-76D helicopter’s features are all-composite, flaw-tolerant
main rotor blades; an advanced Thales avionics system and autopilot;
dual speed rotor with active vibration control; powerful Pratt & Whitney
Canada PW210S engines; a quiet mode for enhanced public acceptance; and
an optional Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS) for all-weather
capability. The S-76D helicopter also will offer an increase in useful
load and extended range performance versus the S-76C+™ and S-76C++™
aircraft currently fielded.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning potential production and sale of helicopters. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices, budget plans or availability of funding or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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