U.S. Army's BLACK HAWK Helicopter Fleet Surpasses 1 Million Flight Hours in Iraq and Afghanistan

Published November 17th, 2009 - 01:44 GMT


Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopters flown by the U.S. Army in the Iraq and Afghanistan
theaters of war have accumulated more than 1 million fleet flight hours without a
single Class A material failure with the aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. reported
today from the Dubai Air Show. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
(NYSE:UTX).

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The U.S. Army currently operates more than 350 BLACK HAWK helicopters combined in
these two Overseas Contingency Operations.  BLACK HAWK helicopters have flown these
missions since February 2003 and are maintaining an 84 percent mission capable
readiness rate while operating in the extreme heat, wind, and sand conditions.

While the U.S. Army's fleet of BLACK HAWK helicopters continues to log fleet hours
in theater, BLACK HAWK aircraft operating in the Middle East region are also
performing well for Sikorsky customers. There are approximately 150 BLACK HAWK
helicopters operating elsewhere in the Middle East.

"The BLACK HAWK helicopter has proven itself in the most extreme and rigorous
environments, and each milestone is a testament to its durability and
effectiveness," said Scott Starrett, President, Sikorsky Military Systems. "It is a
proven, reliable combat aircraft."

The U.S. Army's total BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet exceeds 1,740 aircraft and has
amassed nearly 6 million flight hours.

More than 3,000 BLACK HAWK helicopters are in use today, operating in 27 different
countries. Designed to stringent U.S. Military standards, the BLACK HAWK helicopter
has become the leader in multi-mission-type aircraft.  Among the mission
configurations it serves are troop transport, medical evacuation, electronic
warfare, attack, assault support and special operations.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in
Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support
services to the aerospace and building systems industries.


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