SEOUL, Korea, Oct. 23, 2007 – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered an S-76 C++™ helicopter to LG International Corp. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
The aircraft will be used for VIP transport. It is the second S-76C++ helicopter purchased by LG, as well as the second delivered to Korea. The delivery was announced at a ceremony held during the Seoul Air Show.
“The S-76® helicopter series continues to be the premier choice among the world’s largest and most discerning helicopter operators,” said Sikorsky Vice President Stephen B. Estill. “As we continue to improve this helicopter program with emerging technologies, Sikorsky welcomes LG International Corp. to its list of international customers who are finding value in this proven aircraft.”
The S-76C++ helicopter currently in production was first announced in February 2005 as a series of engine, air vehicle, interior and avionics upgrades. Among the product improvements made available at that time were a more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2S2 Engine, an inlet barrier filter to protect the engine against erosion and environmental contaminants, a new VIP interior, new optional Health and Usage Monitoring System and a quiet main gearbox using Quiet Zone™ technology that significantly reduced interior noise levels without any weight maintenance penalties.
The S-76 helicopter serves a multi-mission role that includes offshore oil, VIP transport, including head of state, emergency medical transport, search and rescue and civil defense. The S-76C++ was initially certified by the FAA in January 2006 and more recently was certified for unconstrained operations in extreme snowy conditions. The European Aviation Safety Agency certified the type design in July 2006, paving the way for the export of the S-76C++ helicopter to all European Union countries.
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.
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