The newly renovated 25,000 square-foot space includes a 5,000 square-foot secure area to accommodate a detachment of 17 Canadian government employees overseeing the project. The remainder of the space houses Sikorsky Aircraft, General Dynamics Canada and L-3 MAS Canada personnel assigned to the MHP.
Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded MHP contracts in November 2004 to provide 28 Sikorsky H-92 maritime helicopters, designated the CH-148 Cyclone, which will replace Sea King aircraft currently in service with the Canadian Forces, and to provide in-service support for those helicopters. Sikorsky has joined with General Dynamics Canada and L-3 MAS Canada to form The Maritime Helicopter Team, which will develop, certify and field the new Cyclone fleet.
"We are delighted to be working so closely with such a valuable customer," said Sikorsky President Steve Finger. "This is yet another milestone that illustrates the common resolve of the MHP office and the members of our team to ensure this program progresses according to schedule. We are on target for the first flight of Canada's new Cyclone in November 2007, and for deliveries to begin in November 2008.".
Alan Williams, Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) for Canada's Department of National Defence, said he is "very pleased by the warm welcome MHP staff members are receiving. Co-locating key individuals from our MHP office within Sikorsky's facilities will help ensure this program proceeds as efficiently as possible. We look forward to continuing to develop the excellent working relationship we have already established with Sikorsky.".
The robust Cyclone's flaw-tolerant design and other advances provide unprecedented levels of safety and reliability. The Cyclone 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.
General Dynamics Canada, based in Ottawa, Ontario, is responsible for the Cyclone's systems integration. L-3 MAS, based in Mirabel, Quebec, is responsible for long-term in-service support of the Cyclone for the Canadian Forces. MHP office staff will also be co-located at General Dynamics Canada and L-3 MAS facilities.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, CT, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), of Hartford, CT, which provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.