"We are delighted that the Korean government has selected the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for this vital mission following a thorough and rigorous competition," said Steve Estill, Sikorsky Vice President of Worldwide Sales. "The S-92 helicopter offers an outstanding combination of safety, comfort, performance, and affordability that make it an ideal aircraft for head of state and VIP customers around the world".
The S-92 helicopter was selected over the Agusta-Westland EH-101 in a competition conducted by the Korean Ministry of National Defense.
The Korean government has flown BLACK HAWK helicopters in support of the presidential mission for more than a decade. Today's selection of the S-92 helicopter ensures that Sikorsky products will continue in that role for several more years.
In addition to Korea the S-92 helicopter has been chosen by three other nations for either head of state or VVIP missions within the past year; Turkey is under contract for one head of state S-92 helicopter; Turkmenistan is under contract for two head of state S-92 helicopters; and Gulf Helicopters of Qatar is under contract to acquire one S-92 helicopter for VVIP missions.
To date, Sikorsky has orders for more than 60 S-92 variants from a variety of military, commercial, offshore oil and civil customers worldwide, making it the most successful commercial launch in the company's history. These orders include 28 H-92s, the military variant, to fulfill the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project requirement.
The S-92 helicopter was the first rotorcraft in the world certified by the FAA to FAR Part 29 Transport Rotorcraft, Amendment 47, the latest U.S.safety regulations, as well as the equivalent European Aviation Safety Agency/Joint Aviation Authorities (EASA/JAA) standards.
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.