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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. Sikorsky is scheduled to deliver six of the hel- icopters in 2011 and the remain- der in 2012 under an accelerated production schedule. ◆

Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support and Services, Saab AB.

The UH-60M helicopter is the latest version in the long and highly successful BLACK HAWK family. It provides additional pay- load and range, advanced digital 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-

Sikorsky Delivers Six S-76C++™ Helicopters to SonAir

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. recent- ly announced the baseline delivery of six S-76C++™

helicopters to

SonAir Servico Aereo S.A. (SonAir) for support of offshore oil operations in Angola. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. SonAir has been flying

Sikorsky products for more than 15 years. Currently, SonAir owns 15 S-76® aircraft for offshore oil missions in Angola and has con- tracted for three new S-76C++ helicopters for search and rescue

(SAR) operations. Those air- craft are expected to arrive in Angola later this year, bringing SonAir’s total Sikorsky fleet to 18 aircraft.

The S-76C++ helicopter is the most recent in-service model in the S-76 aircraft line. In addition to serving the offshore oil and SAR markets, the helicopter’s multi-mission capabilities include VIP trans- port including head of state, emergency medical transport and civil defense. “The S-76 helicopter has continued to demonstrate exceptional performance in responding to the most critical market requirements,” said Carey Bond, President of

Sikorsky Global Helicopters. “The aircraft delivers quiet comfort, spacious cabin interi- ors, enhanced safety and relia- bility, operating cost efficien- cies, and superior mission ver- satility which is why customers like SonAir continue to fly it,” Bond explained.

“Reliability and safety are

key priorities in the operation of our fleet, and the S-76C++ helicopter has maintained high marks in these categories,” said Joao Andrade, Chief Executive Officer of SonAir, a subsidiary of Sonangol (National Oil Company) for air transporta- tion, supporting the oil indus- try in Angola. ◆

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