The new aircraft are Sikorsky SEAHAWK variants that will be delivered this year to the Greek government. The Hellenic Navy already operates eight S-70B-6 naval helicopters.
Below is a summary of the improvements aboard the new Hellenic aircraft versus the Aegean Hawks the navy currently operates: · A four-CRT glass cockpit · Collins FMS-800 Flight Management System · AAS-44 FLIR with Laser Designator · Hellfire missile capability · Countermeasure capability (ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispensing System (CMDS) · Improved Electronic Support Measures · Improved Navigation System performance with an Embedded GPS/INS
In-country acceptance of the two aircraft is scheduled for June 2004. This will be in time for the helicopters to provide added support for Olympic activities in Greece.
The first of the current eight Aegean Hawk aircraft arrived in Greece in 1995. The Hellenic Navy S-70B-6 is designed to perform Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Unit Warfare (ASuW) missions with its integrated suite of dipping sonar, search radar, electronic support measures and the Penguin anti-ship missile. AEGEAN HAWK helicopters of the Hellenic Navy also support civilian search and rescue needs, including medical evacuation missions transporting patients from remote islands to mainland medical facilities.
Sikorsky's technical and systems integration expertise enables international customers to modify the S-70 SEAHAWK to their maritime helicopter requirements. Thailand, Spain, Australia, Japan, Turkey and Taiwan all fly custom-equipped SEAHAWK variants.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.