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Sikorsky Aerospace Services Delivers Second UH-60 For CBP

Extensively Modified Black Hawk Entering Service Protecting U.S. Borders

The second UH-60 aircraft that has undergone "A-A" to "L" recapitalization has been delivered by Sikorsky Aerospace Services to the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency. Distinguished as the fifth helicopter off the original Black Hawk helicopter production line, this fully upgraded UH-60L model will execute national security missions mandated by the CBP. Nicknamed "718" from the last three digits of its identification number, the rebirth of this more than 30-year-old aircraft marks the second U.S. Army recapitalization upgrade performed at SAS's Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility.

UH-60L Formation File Photo

Aircraft 718 has undergone major structural modifications to extend the service life of the airframe: upgrade conversions that include engines, dynamic components and flight controls; and several modification work orders advancing the aircraft to the latest US. Army "L" model configuration - including additional requirements specified by the CBP. These features enhance both mission capability and readiness, and bring significantly improved power, durability and reliability to the U. S. Customs and Border Protection fleet.

A major aviation facility, SAS MRO has become a pivotal location for aircraft overhaul, repair and upgrades for the United States Department of Defense, other U.S. government agencies, and allied foreign militaries throughout the world. Based largely on the success of the H-60 recapitalization and upgrade program started more than eight years ago at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Texas, it has proven to be one of the most effective and productive fleet maintenance programs ever accomplished by the U.S. Army.

"After 32 years of service to various U.S. government entities as a model 'A,' aircraft 718 has rolled out of SAS MRO essentially a new helicopter. Now a UH-60L model, the aircraft is equipped for enhanced performance alongside all other U.S. Department of Defense service aircraft," said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. "We look forward to continuing our upgrade work and providing cost effective solutions to extend the life of the Black Hawk helicopter fleet available through the Army's Excess Defense Article (EDA) program."

"We in the Utility Helicopters Project Office recognize the hard work of the Sikorsky team here at Chase Field," said TC Heyward Wright, Product Manager UH-60A/L/M during the rollout ceremony. Your efforts on behalf of the Customs and Border Protection Agency will directly support our nation's security. You have provided America with the latest in vertical flight technology in a sustainable and versatile package."



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