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U.S. State Department Orders 11 More Upgraded S-61™ Helicopters for Use in Iraq & Afghanistan


Sikorsky Aerospace Services


recently announced the U.S. Department of State has ordered 11 additional upgraded S-61TM utility helicopters for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Earlier this year, the State Department entered into a five- year indefinite delivery, indefi- nite quantity (IDIQ) contract for up to 110 upgraded S-61 air- craft for passenger and cargo transport missions in support of its worldwide operations. Under the IDIQ agreement, the first four aircraft purchased in February are currently in com- pletion and are scheduled for deployment in Afghanistan this fall.


“Sikorsky’s upgraded S-61 helicopter provides a capable solution for any customer look- ing to procure a utility aircraft with a proven record of


endurance and reliability. Our S-61 helicopter is the best value proposition in the industry,” said David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. “Increasing the U.S. State Department’s current fleet to 15 S-61 aircraft marks a significant milestone for the Sikorsky S-61 program,” added Anthony


Serksnas, director, S-61 Programs.


The S-61 helicopter is known as an industry work- horse, and for more than 50 years has reliably and safely per- formed missions for U.S. and foreign allied militaries. The upgraded S-61 helicopter incorporates key components


including composite main rotor blades (CMRB), a state-of-the- art glass cockpit and modular wiring harness – all of which dramatically improve aircraft supportability. Additional fea- tures have been incorporated to reduce pilot fatigue and main- tenance requirements for increased safety. ◆


Photo: Ron Whitney


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