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Sikorsky Delivers Two S-92® Helicopters for Operations in Afghanistan


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. has deliv- ered two S-92® helicopters to airlift services provider AAR Corp., for operations in Afghanistan. AAR will perform passenger and cargo lift mis- sions on behalf of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), a government agency that pro- vides transportation for the Department of Defense. Both aircraft are certified by


the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to simul- taneously carry both passengers and cargo in the same cabin space.


“Deployment to Afghanistan


Sikorsky Delivers Second UH-60L Recapitalization Aircraft for CBP Agency


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(SAS) recently delivered the second UH-60 aircraft that has undergone “A-A” to “L” recapitalization for use by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency (CBP). Distinguished as the fifth heli- copter off the original BLACK


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HAWK helicopter production line, this fully upgraded UH- 60L model will execute national security missions mandated by the CBP.


“After 32 years of service to various U.S. government entities as a model ‘A,’ aircraft 718 has rolled out of SAS MRO essen- tially a new helicopter. Now a UH-60L model, the aircraft is equipped for enhanced per- formance alongside all other


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U.S. Department of Defense service aircraft,” said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. “We look forward to continuing our upgrade work and providing cost effective solutions to extend the life of the BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet available through the Army’s Excess Defense Article (EDA) pro- gram. ◆


is a tremendous opportunity for AAR and the U.S. Government to see what the multi-mission S-92 aircraft is capable of in some very challenging flight conditions at high altitude,” said Ed Beyer, vice president for Sikorsky Global Helicopters. “The unique interior configu- ration of these two aircraft also will give AAR greater mission flexibility to perform its utility and transport missions.” The FAA certified an easily configurable interior with vari- able seating while carrying up to three 4 ft. sq.-sized cargo pal- lets secured to rings in the seat tracks and cabin walls to assure crashworthiness. For each pal- let, Sikorsky developed a special fire containment cover to con- tain and suffocate flames, and added smoke detectors. To sep- arate the passengers from cargo, Sikorsky designed a fabric parti-


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