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Sikorsky Aircraft Achieves 300 MH-60 SEAHAWK® Helicopter Production Milestone


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Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and the U.S. Navy have celebrated the production of 100 MH-60R and 200 MH-60S SEAHAWK® multi-mission helicopters for the U.S. Navy.


“MH-60 helicopters perform an important role protecting the fleet and its sailors, and con- ducting a host of multi-mission operations,” said Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags, vice command- er, U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command. “Our Navy pilots and crew fly with the knowledge that these aircraft not only are proven operationally at sea, but


are made by a company with a proven track record of helicop- ter manufacturing excellence.” The U.S. Navy has accumu- lated 370,000 flight hours on MH-60S aircraft since opera- tions began in 2002, and more than 90,000 flight hours for the MH-60R helicopter since 2006. As multi-mission plat- forms, both fulfill the Navy’s Helicopter Master Plan that des- ignates two multi-mission heli- copter types will take over the missions performed by six legacy helicopters across the fleet. MH-60S aircraft take on


roles previously performed by CH-46D, UH-3H, HH-1N and HH-60H helicopters — carrying supplies and sailors between ships, performing search and rescue, protecting Navy ships with air-to-surface missiles, and as a future mission will hunt for mines at sea. The MH-60R air- craft, with radar, acoustic sonar, sophisticated communications links, torpedoes and missiles, combines the anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare roles performed by the SH-60B and SH-60F SEAHAWK helicop- ters.


“We are immensely proud of our prime role building the U.S. Navy’s most advanced mar- itime helicopters,” said Dennis Jarvi, Sikorsky vice president for Navy and Marine Corps pro- grams. “Our skilled and dedi- cated workforce, and our many industry teammates, apply their significant experience to assist the Navy in achieving mission success with each and every MH- 60 aircraft.” Sikorsky employs more than 1,100 hourly employees to assemble and complete both MH-60 SEAHAWK helicopter


types at the company’s Troy, Ala., and Stratford, Conn., facilities. The result of 35 years of les- sons learned in delivering SEA- HAWK helicopters to the U.S. Navy, the new MH-60 multi- mission helicopters have special coatings to resist salt corrosion, strengthened airframes, and sys- tems that reduce vibrations and monitor how the aircraft is per- forming. Both aircraft types fea- ture the same digital cockpit manufactured by Lockheed Martin. ◆


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