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“We’re honored to support the Swedish Armed Forces, and we congratulate them for being the first European Union nation to choose this highly evolved UH- 60M aircraft, which is part of a lineage of aircraft that have proven themselves countless times under the most extreme condi- tions all over the world,” said Mick Maurer, President of Sikorsky Military Systems. The UH-60M helicopter is the latest version in the long and highly successful BLACK HAWK family. It is flown by the U.S. Army and provides additional payload and range, advanced digi- tal avionics, improved handling qualities and situational aware- ness, active vibration control, and improved survivability compared with the predecessor UH-60L model.

The BLACK HAWK helicopter is well known for its ruggedness, survivability and mission flexibili- ty, having logged more than 9 million flight hours since the first model was introduced in 1978. Worldwide, approximately 2,700 are in operation today. Sweden will become the 26th nation to operate BLACK HAWK helicop-

ters and only the second in Europe, where Austria operates UH-60L models. U.S. forces have flown various BLACK HAWK models for 1.2 million flight hours to date in Afghanistan and Iraq without a single material failure. ◆

Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers Three VVIP S-92® Helicopters to Royal Thai Air Force First to include LifePort high- end medical kit in a VIP S-92 aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has

delivered three VVIP S-92® heli- copters to the Royal Thai Air Force, introducing the first high- end LifePort medical system into an S-92 aircraft. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Sikorsky helicopters have been in use by Thailand military forces since 1996 including those being flown by the Royal Thai Navy, which flies SEAHAWK® helicop- ters and S-76® helicopters. In addition, the Royal Thai Army flies UH-60L BLACK HAWK helicopters. The latest delivery of

S-92 helicopters marks the first Sikorsky products for the Royal Thai Air Force. The S-92 aircraft are high- level VVIP aircraft, with the noteworthy distinction of hav- ing the first installation of a high-end LifePort medical sys- tem in an S-92 helicopter. The helicopters were delivered in April and have begun exten- sive training at Lop Buri Air Base, which will last for approximately six months. “These aircraft will be used for the Head of State mission. The customer specifically required an S-92 helicopter,

recognizing the safety and reli- ability of this aircraft and its track record of serving many other Heads of State,” said Carey Bond, President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. Sikorsky acquired LifePort, Inc. in July 2010, adding the mission equipment manufac- turer to its Sikorsky Aerospace Services accessories business segment. LifePort specializes in air medical systems, lightweight armor, interior furnishings and Enflite™ galley equipment for fixed and rotary wing air- craft. ◆

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