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U.S. Department Of State Orders Two Upgraded S-61™ Helicopters For Air Transport In Afghanistan


Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced an order for two upgraded S-61™ utility helicopters for use in Afghanistan to support drug


interdiction efforts. 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. This IDIQ purchase agreement serves as the contracting vehicle for any U.S. Government agency to purchase upgraded S-61 aircraft. As a result of this latest order, two aircraft will support the U.S. Embassy and assist in the count-


er-narcotics missions of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department ordered 11 addi- tional upgraded S-61 utility helicopters for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This order brings the total number of upgraded S-61 pur- chased to 17 aircraft. The first four aircraft ordered in February are currently in com- pletion and are scheduled for deployment in Afghanistan this fall,” 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 incorporates key components including compos- ite main rotor blades (CMRB), a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and modular wiring harness – all of which dramatically improve aircraft supportability. Additional features have been incorporated to reduce pilot fatigue and maintenance requirements for increased safety. ◆


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