February 23, 2006
Singapore - Sikorsky Aircraft has signed a contract to sell a S-76C++ helicopter to LG International for VIP transport. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Pete Saloomey, Sikorsky Regional Sales Executive - Asia, C. H. Yoon,
General Manager Aviation Business Unit, LG International, Paul Martin,
Sikorsky Senior Vice President, Government & Advanced Developement
Sikorsky and LG held a signing ceremony at the Asian Aerospace 2006 trade show. Delivery is scheduled for 2007.
The C++ is the current production configuration of the S-76-series aircraft. The C++ includes a series of engine, air vehicle, interior and avionics upgrades that make the way for a set of additional product improvements that will lead to the launch of the new S-76D model in 2008. More than 60 S-76C++ aircraft have been ordered to date.
"The S-76C++ helicopter sets the standard for quiet, comfortable, and efficient corporate and VIP transport," said Steve Estill, Sikorsky's vice president for worldwide sales. "We look forward to delivering this aircraft to LG as a repeat S-76 customer."
S-76C++ improvements include:
Turbomeca Arriel 2S2 Engine Upgrade.
The replacement 2S2 provides a 5 to 6 percent increase in engine ratings, 350 to 450 lb increase in Category A takeoff gross weight at sea level 90F, and a barrier filter that provides superior protection against FOD and contamination, resulting in longer time-between overhaul, fewer removals and lower costs.
New VIP interior.
A sleek, modern, leather interior, with a three-person aft-facing bench and two forward-facing captains chairs is coupled with an improved soundproofing system using Keystone's SILENCERT technology to meet the highest standards for luxury and elegance.
New HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring System) .
The Honeywell VXP HUMS has 25,000 flight hours proven capability as the best-in-class tool for cost management, efficient maintenance scheduling, and vibration based maintenance delivering improved safety, reliability and life-cycle cost reduction.
Sikorsky's proprietary Quiet Gearbox technology enables significant interior noise level reductions without weight penalty, increased maintenance and with no increase in time between overhauls (TBOs). With these improvements the interior will be 4 dBA lower than with previous transmissions and the cabin will have the lowest interior noise levels of any helicopter in the S-76's class.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. 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.