Wed, Jan 20, 2010
International Varient Of The Black Hawk Being Built At Sikorsky
Facility In Poland
The first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter, an international variant
of the Black Hawk helicopter, is nearing completion on the assembly
line at PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. company in Poland.
The progress of the first international Black Hawk variant signals
the launch of a new helicopter in the Sikorsky product line.
Aircraft 0001, the first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter, was
powered on for the first time a few weeks ago. Final assembly
officially began on Aug. 17, 2009.
"We achieved this key program milestone through the dedication
and teamwork of Sikorsky Aircraft employees and our global
suppliers," said Debra A. Zampano, S-70i Program Manager,
International Military Programs, Sikorsky Military Systems. "This
collaboration has illuminated our company's commitment to this
program and to extending the legacy of innovation in aviation. We
are charting toward an historical event for Sikorsky Aircraft - the
first international Black Hawk helicopter."
To increase its presence in the international marketplace,
Sikorsky designated PZL Mielec as a final assembly center for the
S-70i Black Hawk helicopter. A key competitive feature of the
Polish-made S-70i Black Hawk helicopter is that it will provide
multi-mission, 10-ton utility lift capability at a price comparable
to helicopters in the 6-ton to 8-ton class.
"As the first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter becomes a completed
aircraft, the employees of PZL Mielec will share in the excitement
in witnessing the first S-70i Black Hawk aircraft come off the
assembly line. It will be a moment that unites all employees in
their pride in building and supporting the newest variant in a
remarkable Sikorsky product line," said Janusz Zakrecki, CEO of PZL
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