Sikorsky, Army Support Partnership Progresses

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Sikorsky, Army Support Partnership Progresses

February 05, 2004

  CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is busy staffing up in South Texas to support its contract with Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) to provide technical, engineering, and logistical support services for military BLACK HAWK, PAVE HAWK and SEAHAWK helicopters.

At this point, more than 60 persons have been hired. Plans call for 108 employees at the Sikorsky activity in Texas, with further hiring anticipated after that. The highly-skilled workforce encompasses various specialties, from engineering, manufacturing and materials to warehouse management and field representatives.

"We are proud of our employment initiatives in South Texas with the CCAD contract and the number of people we have and will hire," said Frank DiPasquale, WCS Director, U.S.Government Marketing. "We are looking forward to expanding our presence in Corpus Christi."

The initial phase included all Sikorsky components such as transmissions, main and tail rotor blades and spindles that are required to be repaired and overhauled at the depot. The new phase involves all of the supplier items that Sikorsky will support at CCAD. The contract will help improve H-60 fleet readiness.

Under the five-year agreement, Sikorsky is teamed with (CCAD) to provide service support in the areas of aircraft crash damage repair kits, inventory management, line support and other services for U.S. Army and Department of Defense aircraft. CCAD, as the Army's only depot-level maintenance facility, specializes in overhauling and repairing aircraft in the fleet.

The contract calls for a more integrated level of support across these product lines. For example, Sikorsky will now begin to forecast, purchase, and ship airframe and component parts to a CCAD warehouse, where they will be kitted for direct use by CCAD personnel. Under this virtual prime vendor agreement, waiting time at CCAD for major structural components to arrive will be cut from 18 months to one day. This will reduce the amount of surplus inventory that CCAD previously had to hold.

Sikorsky's Worldwide Customer Service group offers a full array of aftermarket services and communication vehicles that minimize operator downtime, improve ease of use and reduce cost of ownership. Helicopter Support, Inc., a wholly-owned Sikorsky subsidiary, provides commercial operators the full range of complete factory-authorized services for Sikorsky's S-61, S-70, S-76, and S-92 helicopters. In 2002, Sikorsky acquired Derco Holding, Inc., a leader in military aircraft logistics and component distribution, component repairs, and aftermarket program management. Sikorsky Support Services, Inc. (SSSI), another wholly owned Sikorsky subsidiary, provides fixed-wing and rotary aircraft maintenance and related services to the U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Government agencies, and foreign governments. The alliance of WCS, HSI, Derco, and SSSI combines the strengths of a major manufacturer with the flexibility and service of a small company, and enables Sikorsky to support more than 13,500 rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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