Tue, Jul 06, 2010
Newest Variant Charts Course For Global Company Growth
The first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter has successfully completed
its first flight, officially launching an international variant and
the newest Sikorsky Aircraft product to follow in the legacy of the
Black Hawk helicopter.
Aircraft 0001, the first in the new product line, was built at
PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky Aircraft company in Poland. PZL Mielec has
been established as the hub of the S-70i program for international
customers. The successful first flight of the S-70i aircraft took
place on July 1 at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center.
"Aeronautical history was made today with the first flight of the
S-70i Black Hawk helicopter. This aircraft has been designed and
developed by an international team and is ready for the world
market," said Debra A. Zampano, S-70i Senior Program Manager,
International Military Programs.
"We weathered the challenges of any development program by
collaborating with our partners in Poland and our global suppliers.
The language of innovation is universal, and the success of this
program is proof of that: We are celebrating a key milestone of
first flight executed on time and flawlessly."
This new international variant utilizes a global supply chain
and is the first Black Hawk helicopter ever to be assembled in
"As Sikorsky Aircraft continues to grow internationally, we
recognize the significance of this new integration of manufacturing
and supply chain activities as a major leap forward for our
company," said Michael Ambrose, Vice President, International
Military Programs. "The S-70i Black Hawk helicopter brings together
new technologies, new manufacturing capabilities, and a new design,
all of which have resulted in the most advanced, tactical
multi-mission helicopter that will provide reliable and safe
transportation for militaries around the world."
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