Sikorsky Signs Contracts to Replace Canada's Sea King

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Sikorsky Signs Contracts to Replace Canada's Sea King

November 23, 2004

  OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has signed contracts worth C$5-billion with the Government of Canada to provide and maintain 28 Sikorsky H-92 maritime helicopters. The new H-92s will replace Sea King aircraft currently in service with the Canadian Forces and deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2008.

Canada's new H-92 Cyclones will be multi-mission capable and will perform surface surveillance and control, subsurface surveillance and control, and utility operations that include search and rescue, passenger and cargo transfer, medical evacuations and tactical transport in support of national, North American and international security.

"Sikorsky has been a part of Canada's history for more than 50 years, and we are proud to continue this legacy," said Sikorsky President Steve Finger. "The specifications for Canada's new maritime helicopter were rightfully among the most demanding in the world. There is no better aircraft to fulfill these missions than the H-92."

The robust H-92's flaw-tolerant design and other advances provide unprecedented levels of safety and reliability. It is the only rotorcraft in the world certified to the latest and most demanding North American and European safety regulations, which exceed military specifications in many areas.

The H-92 builds on the heritage of five million hours of military operating experience accumulated by Sikorsky's SUPER STALLION, SEAHAWK and BLACK HAWK aircraft, and the Sikorsky SEA KING that has served the Canadian Forces for more than four decades.

Sikorsky Aircraft has reiterated its long-term commitment to Canada by joining with two leading Canadian companies to form The Maritime Helicopter Team. General Dynamics Canada, based in Ottawa, Ontario, is responsible for the H-92 systems integration and will furnish a 100 per cent Canadian-developed and -built Mission Data Management System. L-3 MAS Canada, based in Mirabel, Quebec, brings proven performance in long-term in-service support for the Canadian Forces.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses. Sikorsky helicopters occupy a prominent position in the intermediate to heavy range of 11,700 lb (5,300 kg.) to 73,500 lb (33,000 kg.) gross weight. They are flown by all five branches of the United States armed forces, along with military services and commercial operators in more than 40 nations.

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.

UTC directly employs some 9,000 people in Canada. In addition to Sikorsky Canada Inc., Canadian subsidiaries of UTC include Pratt & Whitney Canada, Carrier Canada, Chubb Security Systems and Otis Canada.

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