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Services and ZFL Announce Memorandum of Understanding for Aftermarket Services in Germany

Sikorsky Aerospace Services and ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH (ZF Aviation Technology, ZFL) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of

Understanding to jointly explore opportunities for deliv- ering improved aftermarket support to the German armed forces and introducing the Cyclone™ multi-mission heli- copter into Germany. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the after- market division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Under the Memorandum of Understanding, Helicopter Support, Inc. (HSI), a business unit of Sikorsky Aerospace Services, and ZFL will explore, identify and discuss projects of mutual interest and collaborative efforts in connection with the concept of improved spare parts delivery and technical support for the German armed forces. “This MOU allows us to consider the aftermarket servic- es that could be possible through a synergistic relation- ship with ZFL, and we will con-


tinue to move forward to identi- fy the ways in which our two companies can work together for our mutual success,” said Samir Mehta, President, HSI. Joseph Gigantelli, Sikorsky

Vice President, European Sales, added: “As we explore the opportunities for participation with German industry, we are seeing the potential for the Cyclone™ helicopter to be a viable option for the German Air Force and Navy.” “Our intent is to provide Germany with the best technolo- gy that is available in country and from around the world, and in doing so, provide a techno- logically superior aircraft,” Gigantelli added.

The Cyclone helicopter pro- vides multi-mission capabilities including anti-submarine war- fare, anti-surface warfare, and search and rescue. The aircraft is a derivative of the S-92® heli- copter, which gets its basic design from the BLACK HAWK helicopter, a proven, rugged and durable aircraft. “We highly value our long standing cooperation with Sikorsky Aircraft and look for-


ward to expanding our business in a slightly different role,” said Peter Tolksdorf, Director of Defense Programs, ZFL. “The MOU is another step toward strengthening our relationship with Sikorsky.”

First S-70i™ BLACK

HAWK Helicopter enters Flight Test Program

The first S-70i™ BLACK

HAWK helicopter built at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s com- pany in Poland, PZL Mielec, has entered the flight test pro- gram at Sikorsky’s Development

Flight Center (DFC) in Florida. The S-70i helicopter is an international variant of the BLACK HAWK helicopter. The aircraft arrived at the

DFC on May 4. This new inter- national variant utilizes a global supply chain and is the first BLACK HAWK helicopter assembled in Europe. It launches a new helicopter in the Sikorsky product line. Production flight tests are planned at PZL Mielec later this year.

“In July, we will mark the debut flight of the S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter at our Development Flight Center in Florida. Production of the second S-70i aircraft is under- way at PZL Mielec,” said Debra A. Zampano, S-70i Program Manager, International Military Programs. “The program is progressing well and hitting all key milestones.”

Plans call for at least 20 S-

70i BLACK HAWK helicopters to be produced per year, begin- ning in 2012, and for PZL Mielec to be the hub of the pro- gram for international cus- tomers.

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