SK Telecom Signs Position Agreement for S-76D Helicopter
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Weekly Edition
SEOUL, Korea, Oct. 16, 2007 – SK Telecom has signed a position agreement for one S-76D™ helicopter, the next production model of the Sikorsky S-76® helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced the agreement today during the Seoul Air Show. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
“SK Telecom currently flies a Sikorsky S-76® helicopter for VIP transport, so this position agreement for the next generation in the S-76® series is a welcome indication that they are satisfied with the products we provide,” said Sikorsky Vice President Stephen B. Estill. “As development of the S-76D™ helicopter continues to progress, it is agreements such as this one that reflect both the superior customer service and performance enhancements that our customers can expect with the next production model.”
The S-76D helicopter is on track for initial certification in late 2009. It offers a more than 1,000-lbs increase in useful load and extended range performance over the S-76C+™ aircraft currently fielded. In addition, the S-76D model will feature:
· All-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades
· Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS) as an available option
· Advanced Thales avionics system and autopilot
· Dual speed rotor with active vibration control
· Pratt & Whitney 210S engine
· Quiet tail rotor
· Additional fuel
· New electrical generation system
· Quiet gearbox
· Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS)
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. The company’s long commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in its mission statement: “We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere … every time™.“ United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: 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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