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Q4 2009

Battle Ready

Submitted by Matt Rodgers, Sikorsky Marketing

STRATFORD, Conn. ­ Sikorsky Military Systems, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., and Elbit Systems Ltd. have successfully completed the Armed BLACK HAWK (ABH) demonstrator program, proof-of concept for the development BATTLEHAWKTM helicopter. The ABH demonstrator program recently concluded in Israel with an opportunity for Sikorsky customers from around the world to observe the aircraft up close. Sikorsky Test Pilot Bill Fell provided a tutorial of the ABH demonstrator cockpit while the aircraft was on static display. Following the cockpit demonstration, customers visited a local military testing range where they observed a live-firing BLaCK HaWK demonstration. The demonstration flight was conHelicopter fleet milestones achieved ducted by Fell and an Israeli Air Force pilot. "The successful conclusion of the demonstrator deployed Sikorsky program signifies a major milestone for the Armed employees defend freedom in Iraq BLACK HAWK helicopter program," said David Powell, Sikorsky Vice President, Worldwide Sales. U.S. army receives

Armed BLACK HAWK Demonstrator Completes Test Program

"Sikorsky Aircraft has invested significant resources into this program in cooperation with the Israeli Air Force to prove the concept of these weapons, and we are pleased to announce that the technologies have been affirmed through our efforts. Together with Elbit Systems, and suppliers NEXTER and Rafael, we have established a winning combination for the success of the BATTLEHAWK helicopter program." The ABH demonstrator flight test program, which began in September 2008, was a cooperative effort between Sikorsky Aircraft and the government of Israel in conjunction with Elbit Systems Ltd., which is in charge of mission avionics and weapon systems integration. The program's purpose was to produce an armed demonstrator for evaluation by the Israeli Air Force. "I believe both companies benefited from this successful test program and we are looking forward to our next joint projects," said Yoram Shmuely, Executive Vice President and Co-General Manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division. Continued on page 2


first BLaCK HaWK with Polish-built cabin


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Helicopter Legacy Grows

For more than 30 years, the BLACK HAWK helicopter has provided military units around the world reliable mission support for troop transport, medical evacuation, electronic warfare, command and control, armed close-air support, special operations, and combat search and rescue. In recent months, the fleet has marked notable milestones doing the important work that it does in support of soldiers around the world.

"In Theater" Fleet Milestone Achieved

ikorsky 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. 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 BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet recently reached the six million fleet flight hour milestone. Contributing to the milestone are the UH-60M aircraft flying in Operation Enduring Freedom by the 159th CAB out of Fort Campbell, Ky. The 159th is the First Unit Equipped (FUE) with the UH-60M helicopter, receiving their first aircraft on Dec. 7. The 159th achieved Initial Operating Capability in January 2009 and are due to return to Fort Campbell in December 2009.


BAttLe ReADy Continued from page 1

The ABH demonstrator program tested an electro-optical guided missile, a laser-guided missile, a new laser-guided rocket system, and a 20-mm turreted gun. The production BATTLEHAWK helicopter will come equipped with a full suite of armed reconnaissance and attack capabilities, including an integrated helmet display Electro Optic Payload (EOP) and weapons options that include missiles, rockets, and fixed forward and turreted guns. These are available on new-build aircraft or as a kit that can be retrofitted onto existing BLACK HAWK helicopter platforms. The BATTLEHAWK helicopter will provide medium-lift capability and firepower that cannot be duplicated by current dedicated utility or attack platforms. The aircraft can be used in either combat or peace time for such missions as troop transport, search and rescue, and disaster relief. On the modern battlefield, the BATTLEHAWK helicopter combines unique capabilities of advanced attack and accurate weapons delivery with deployment of fast-reaction teams.

The Armed BLACK HAWK demonstrator successfully fired upon a stacked target 700 meters away in a demonstration conducted in September.

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Royal Saudi Land Forces Visit West Palm Beach Facility

Submitted by Ashlee Thomas, Sikorsky West Palm Beach Communications

Representatives from the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) Delegation visited Sikorsky's West Palm Beach facility on Nov. 13, 2009. The delegation participated in meetings with representatives from Sikorsky and the U.S. Army. The delegation toured the production assembly line, where they viewed production aircraft 990, 991, and 992 as they progressed through the final build area. The group also participated in a luncheon and cake-cutting ceremony to commemorate the delivery of the first aircraft.

Sikorsky VP International Government Programs Mike Ambrose (right) presented Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Al-Marshed with a commemorative plaque during the visit.

Bahrain Accepts UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopter

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. ­ Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. on Dec. 1 celebrated the formal delivery of a UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter to the Defense Forces of Bahrain. It is the first of nine aircraft that will ultimately be delivered. The delivery also marks the beginning of the first squadron of UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters that will be operated by an international military organization. The Royal Bahrain Air Force will fly the aircraft for military operations that include protection of sovereign borders as well as protection and defense of U.S. and coalition strategic facilities.

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s 2009 comes to a close and the New Year approaches, Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) remains committed to delivering world-class service and support to all of its customers. By defining and executing the right business solutions, SAS continues to strengthen its customer relationships and always strives to provide the best service standards in the industry. Each year Professional Pilot magazine distributes a Helicopter Product Support Survey to a random sampling of their subscriber base. SAS takes a keen interest in the survey results. If you have participated in the past, we thank you for your valuable input. If you or your aviators, crew chiefs, and mechanics are not current subscribers to Professional Pilot and would like a free subscription making you eligible for their survey, please go to: QSC000061PSnew/ Alternatively, you may contact your local Sikorsky Aerospace Services Field Service Representative to obtain a hard copy of the subscription form. Sikorsky Aerospace Services uses the survey results to help make the right business decisions to continue to give its customers best-in-class support, from top to bottom. SAS is fully committed to providing the best product support in the industry and would like your feedback in order to further improve your customer support experience.


The Bahrain Air Force is getting a powerful tool in the UH60M BLACK HAWK helicopter," said Doug Shidler, Sikorsky Vice President, U.S. Government Programs. "The sophistication and capabilities of this aircraft will greatly enhance the Bahrain military's ability, and will serve their country well for years to come.

The aircraft are being completed at the Sikorsky HAWKWORKSTM Military Derivatives Completion Center. Deliveries are scheduled to continue into 2010.



Lt. Col Abdulla Al-Khalifa, Bahrain Embassy Defense Attache (Ieft) and Col. Neil Thurgood, U.S. Army UHPO Project Manager delivered remarks at the delivery ceremony.


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Passing the Torch

Submitted by Mike Skaggs, Sikorsky Test Pilot

It was mere coincidence but it created the ultimate photo opportunity for Sikorsky Test Pilot Mike Skaggs when he landed the newest HH-60M MEDEVAC helicopter (09-20145) on the ramp at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station on Nov. 20. The Sikorsky crew had just delivered the aircraft to the Army's CERDEC Flight Activity at Lakehurst, where postproduction modifications are done before delivery to its receiving unit. Shortly afterward, a CERDEC flight crew landed with a UH-1H MEDEVAC helicopter (70-16251) that had been transferred from the Washington, D.C. National Guard in preparation for retirement. The result was a photo opportunity that could not be resisted.

The UH-1aircraft (left) was originally built in 1970, but still looks great despite its 39 years of service to the Army, Skaggs said. It is one of the oldest MEDEVAC aircraft still in service, passing on its heritage to the newest.

SAS Scholarship Awarded to Del Mar College

Sikorsky Assists in Rescue Mission during Mecca Pilgrimage

uring the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in November, sudden flash floods provoked the deployment of urgent and immediate rescue missions. Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance (SAM), a business unit of Sikorsky Aerospace Services, executed a large-scale rescue operation with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior (MOI) and its Civil Defense Aviation Command (CDAC). As a unified team, personnel operated seven S-92® rescue helicopters to recover flood victims in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on Nov. 25 during the height of Hajj pilgrimage. Working tirelessly throughout a three-day period, Sikorsky personnel and their Saudi CDAC colleagues saved more than 300 people during 86 operational missions. The S-92 aircraft, maintained and supported jointly by SAM and CDAC, secured flood victims by hoist, "wheels on water" (hovering with wheels in the water as people climb aboard aircraft) and landing on rooftops. The mission tallied more than 250 flight hours with no maintenance-related mission cancellations logged. Sikorsky's Operations & Maintenance Support Program (OMSP) for the Saudi Ministry of Interior and Civil Defense Aviation Command includes maintenance, training, consultative programs and a wide range of personnel support services that offer a total support system package. This customertailored program, offered by Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, provided the infrastructure that delivered immediate results during the recent Jeddah flood disaster. In addition to Saudi Arabia, SAM has operated similar support programs for aircraft in service with military customers in Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey and Kuwait.


Peter Cutler (left), SAS Vice President of Program & Product Support, presents a check for $10,000 to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Tex., to Dr. Mark Escamilla, President of Del Mar College. The scholarship helps students specializing in aircraft and power plant mechanics and supply chain management.

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Wreaking "Havoc": deployed Sikorsky Soldiers

defend Freedom in Iraq

Submitted by Marianne V. Heffernan, Sikorsky Communications

group of Sikorsky employees recently deployed to take command of mission duties as "Task Force Havoc." Under the leadership of Sikorsky project pilot Lt. Col. Vince Vannoorbeeck, commander of 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Havoc includes battalion units from the Connecticut National Guard, and A Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment of the Army Reserve. The task force is stationed at Camp Beuhring, approximately 50 miles northwest of Kuwait City, Kuwait and roughly 20 miles south of the Iraq/Kuwait border. In an email communication with Frontlines, Vannoorbeeck said the task force is responsible for VIP transportation in southern Iraq and Kuwait, and also has fixed wing assets that provide transportation throughout the theater. "We have moved everyone from the Sergeant Major of the Army to the Harlem Globetrotters. The majority of our passengers are general officers and distinguished guests for From left: Rich Anderson (CH-53K System Safety Engineer, Stratford), Vince Vannoorbeeck (Project Pilot, Stratford), John Dubeck (Military Programs Quality Manager, Stratford), Roman Tseizer (Electrical Installer, Stratford); Alex Anduze (Production Test Pilot,, the ARCENT (the United States Army Central ComWPB) and Andy O'Donnell (Butler International, Technical Writer, Stratford). mand)," he said. Vannoorbeeck formally took his command in August during a transfer of authority ceremony to officially mark the handover of the Aviation Task Force ­ Kuwait air support mission. This is what we have been waiting for. We have worked During the ceremony, Vannoorbeeck commended outgoing Task Force Bullhard, sacrificed much, and we are now in the game. With pride dog for its outstanding performance of duty and wished the departing soldiers and clarity, I say, `We have the controls.' well. Lt. Col. Vince Vannoorbeeck, as told to the troops. With more than four months of their deployment over, Task Force Havoc is putting Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopters to the test, and finding them to perform well. "We are flying quite a bit. I really can't say the exact number but we have a very high operational tempo," he said.




Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 169th regt., headed by Lt. Col. Vince Vannoorbeeck, a Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter pilot currently deployed, proudly displayed the American flag after a flight conducted on Veterans Day in November.

From left to right: Vannoorbeeck; Sgt. Jerry Castonguay; 1st Sgt. Oscar Gomez; and Chief Warrant Officer Two Michael Wood. They are part of Task Force Havoc stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.


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First UH-60 A-A to L Recap Aircraft Rolled Out to U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency

BEEVILLE, Texas ­ Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, on Dec. 9 rolled out the first U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency (CBP) UH-60 A-A to L recapitalization aircraft at its Chase Field Operations Center in Texas. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. A major aviation facility for Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, the Chase Field Operations Center also has become a pivotal location for aircraft overhaul, repair and upgrades for the U.S. Department of Defense, other U.S. government agencies, and allied foreign militaries around the world. "This facility provides customers with the ability to upgrade and modernize their H-60 fleets without hindering the current production at the Corpus Christi Army Depot," said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. "The CBP aircraft marks the first non-standard A-A to L recapitalization upgrade done at Chase Field. We look forward to continuing our upgrade work and meeting the Army's goal of fleet modernization to ensure mission readiness." "The Customs and Border Protection Agency saves lives every day," Col. Neil Thurgood told the gathering. Based largely on the success of the H-60 Recapitalization and Upgrade Program program started seven years ago at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), it has proven to be one of the most effective and productive fleet maintenance programs ever accomplished by the U.S. Army.

This new UH-60L aircraft provides them with a machine that represents the culmination of 6 million flight hours of BLACK HAWK helicopter experience, I know they will put it to good use in support of America's defense.


Col. Neil thurgood, Project Manager, Utility Helicopters



This is an important day for Chase field and its work force.

Joe Coleman, Director, Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance


On dec. 2, four MH-60 JayHaWKTM rescue helicopters attached to air Station Kodiak on Kodiak Island, alaska, conducted a two-hour flight in 17 mph winds with snow squalls and temperatures in the 30s. Formation flights train general aircraft handling skills as well as skills that aircrews use when conducting multi-ship vertical insertion operations of Maritime Safety and Security Team boarding teams.

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SeA KINGTM Helicopter Pilot Receives Royal award

Source: U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Office of Public Affairs

KODIAK, Alaska ­U.S. Coast Guard aviator Lt. Sean Krueger recently received the prestigious Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award from the British Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators for leading a daring rescue mission in 2008 while on assignment with the British Navy. Lt. Krueger was recognized for his actions as the aircraft commander of "Rescue 193," a Sikorsky H3 SEA KING helicopter, resulting in the rescue of a fisherman suffering from a life-threatening abdominal injury. The man was rescued from a fishing vessel 172 miles southwest of the Isles of Scilly in the Atlantic Ocean in 58 mph winds and seas of more than 40 feet. The Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award is presented annually to an individual member of a helicopter crew, a complete crew or the crews of multiple helicopters, for an act of outstanding courage or devotion to duty in the course of land or sea search and rescue operations. The crew was also recognized by the Shipwrecked Fisherman and Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society Oct. 14 and received the Edward and Maisie Lewis Award for an outstanding air and sea rescue.

the "It was by far rescue most challenging that I have ever done," said Krueger. "There was a distinct point where we considered aborting due to the challenging conditions; however, after one last try, we got our guy aboard.


Sikorsky Delivers First Aircraft With Polish-Built Cabin

STRATFORD, Conn. ­ Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered the first aircraft with a cabin produced at PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky company in Poland. The 145th UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter was delivered to the U.S. Army on Sept. 30. It is the first of six UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter cabins produced by the Polish facility to date for use in UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters built at Sikorsky's main manufacturing plant in the U.S. "The first aircraft sale with a PZL Mielec cabin is a significant milestone in the growth of Sikorsky as a global leader in the aerospace industry and a continued commitment to meet the requirements of the UH-60M program supporting U.S. Army fieldings," said Doug Shidler, Vice President, Army programs. "Sikorsky is proud to be a global sourcing leader. This third cabin source allows us to meet the growing U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sale customer requirements for the UH-60M helicopter." "The delivery of the first BLACK HAWK helicopter to the U.S. Army with a cabin produced in our facility is rewarding validation that, with the guidance of Sikorsky Aircraft, PZL Mielec has been transformed into a world-class facility capable of producing BLACK HAWK helicopters," said Janusz Zakrecki, CEO of PZL Mielec.

The cabin was initially delivered to the Sikorsky facility in Bridgeport, Conn., where it was joined with a cockpit manufactured by Kaman in Jacksonville, Fla., and a tail-cone produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries in Turkey. Final assembly, flight operations and delivery were completed at the Sikorsky facility in Stratford, Conn.


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1-228th Aviation Regiment Supports Continuing Promise with UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

CORINTO, Nicaragua ­ Rough seas mean Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09) teams are limited to helicopter transportation to and from the helicopter landing zone and hospital ship USNS Comfort. To assist in the movement of medical, dental, veterinary, educational and engineering support providers, JTF-B from Soto Cano AFB, Honduras, is flying missions in Sikorsky UH-60 helicopters. The USNS Comfort is on a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Stratton).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Matthew Shaw directs a UH-60 Army BLACK HAWK helicopter to perform Deck Landing Qualifications aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09). The helicopter is assigned to 1-228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force Bravo, U.S. Southern Command's forward-deployed response force stationed in Soto Cano AFB, Honduras (photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Snow).

Members of the Sikorsky aerospace Maintenance (SaM) team receive certificates of appreciation for outstanding support to Marine Helicopter Squadron One at HMX-1 in Quantico, Va. The team performs aircraft maintenance and repairs to VH-3d and VH-60N aircraft in support of the executive Flight detachment HMX-1.

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Fall Trade Show

Submitted by Jen Lee, Sikorsky USG Business Development

The U.S. Army and Sikorsky commemorated the achievement of more than one million BLACK HAWK helicopter combat hours at the BLACK HAWK Helicopter Breakfast held during the AUSA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Col. Neil Thurgood, Program Manager, addressed attendees.

Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Ken Best, Marine Corps Business Development, Washington D.C. present the Sikorsky-sponsored Heavy Lift Squadron of the Year Award to Lt. Col. Richard C. Rush, Commanding Officer, Marine Heavy Lift Squadron 464, at the recent Marine Corps Aviation Association's annual Reunion / Symposium. The Keith B. McCutcheon Award is given to the most outstanding Heavy Lift Helicopter Squadron in Marine Aviation. Marine Heavy Lift Squadrons fly the Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter.

Sikorsky hosted more than 150 Marines and their families in its chalet at the Miramar Air Show in San Diego. Pictured above: Ken Best (left), Director, USMC Business Development and Major General Anthony L. Jackson, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West.

Joe Haddock (right), VP, Government Business, and Tom Nicolett (left), Director, National Guard Business Development, present a $10,000 donation to Hazell Booker and Jonathan Bernstein from the National Guard Education Foundation at the National Guard Association's General Conference in Nashville, Tenn.


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Coast Guard Celebrates Fleet Upgrade

Submitted by Marcy Spencer, Sikorsky Aerospace Services Logistic Program Manager, U.S. Coast Guard

USCG, the Coast Guard Aviation Association and the Museum of the Albemarle recently hosted a three-day event commemorating the upgrade of the fleet from the HH-60J helicopter to the current MH-60T aircraft.

Among the events conducted by the USCG, the Coast Guard Aviation Association "Pterodactyls," and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C., were:

· The Ancient Albatross Change of Watch: Admiral Thad Allen described the rich history of the USCG and its aviation branch, which established the Ancient Albatross Award in 1966 to honor the Coast Guard aviator on active duty who has held the designation for the longest time. Only 22 aviators have held the honor to date. · Exhibit ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening to the public. Sikorsky proudly sponsored this exhibit and event with pictures from The Igor Sikorsky Historical Archives, three models of early aircraft, coloring books for the kids room, and a poster documenting our rich rotary wing history with the USCG.

Vice Admiral Vivian Crea, a 36-year aviator, transferred the honors to Rear Admiral Gary Blore, who has been flying for 32 years of his career.

Sergei Sikorsky and CDR Stu Graham, the second ever rotary wing pilot of the USCG, were guest speakers.

· The Coast Guard Aviation Association's "Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl" 33rd National Roost Award Banquet. The Captain Frank Erickson Rotary Wing Rescue Award went to a HH-60 crew flying the 6033 from Air Station Clearwater. LCDR Mark Turner, LTJG Daniel Cathell, AMT2 Jason Menezes, and AST# Jon Geskus accepted the award.

Maine School Celebrates BLACK HAWK Day

Submitted by Karen Peckingham, Sikorsky Communications

FREEPORT, Me. ­ A MEDEVAC helicopter from Charlie Company #126, Army Aviation Support facility in Bangor, Maine landed on the grounds of Freeport Middle School on Oct. 21 for a visit to students that was meant to enhance a study lesson. The aircraft, flown by CW4 Meaghan Falone and Nicholas Walz, came to the school as part of an annual BLACK HAWK Day celebration. The sixth grade science students recently learned the basics about how a helicopter flies. The students then compared the parts and controls of a simple helicopter to the complex BLACK HAWK helicopter.

CW4 Meaghan Falone and Nicholas Walz pose with students from the 6th grade science class in front of their BLACK HAWK helicopter. Photo credit: Clay Carkin.

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Royal aiR FoRce MuseuM Gets MH-53 PaVe LOW Helicopter

DUXFORD, England ­ Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Royal Air Force at Helitech celebrated the donation of an MH-53 PAVE LOW helicopter to the RAF Museum. The PAVE LOW helicopter, donated by the United States Air Force, was manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. David Powell, Sikorsky Vice President, Sales, The Americas & Global Oil, presented to Dr. Michael Fopp, Director General of the RAF Museum, a ceremonial check in the amount of $38,000 USD, representing the costs defrayed by the company toward the relocation of the aircraft to the museum. The PAVE LOW helicopter, used by the USAF for special operations and combat search and rescue, will be part of a new National Cold War Exhibition at the museum.

In Appreciation

FORT POLK, La. ­ A Company, 5th Aviation Battalion hosted an appreciation lunch for Sikorsky Aerospace Services Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Support Site. The HSI/SAM CLS team enjoyed an informal barbecue in appreciation for its outstanding performance, hard work and great CLS support provided to the battalion over the past year. Since 2007, the site has had an availability rate of 92.31% and more than 4,300 flight hours logged.

Happy Birthday,

Brian Slater, Lead Mechanic (left), Kimo Bacon, Program Manager Maintenance, and Paul Stacey, LUH Program Quality/Property Manager were among the guests who enjoyed the appreciation lunch along with soldiers from A Company.

Celebrating the 234th Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps at the recent HMX-1 Birthday Ball from left to right: Lt. Col. Jerry Glavy, Commanding Officer HMX-1; Ken Best, Director, Sikorsky USMC Business Development; Gen. James Amos, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Mark Cherry, Sikorsky Vice President, Marine Corps Programs; and Ed Mooney, Sikorsky Site Manger HMX-1 Quantico.


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FiN A L Bri EF i N G

Artist Creates Tribute to Soldiers Serving in Afghanistan

Submitted by Joe Gohrs, Valor Studios

The painting "A New Dawn: Afghanistan" by artist Matt Hall has received widespread acclaim as an evocative tribute to the American military personnel who have served in Afghanistan. Hall developed the painting with the input of veteran BLACK HAWK pilots like Bronze Star recipient and former leader of the "Cavemen" ­ B-Company, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, CPT Eric Carlson.

Sikorsky Global Helicopters Delivers First Two S-434TM Helicopters

Submitted by Ashley Slaybaugh, Sikorsky Global Helicopters

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. ­ Sikorsky Global Helicopters' Light Helicopters Division has delivered the first two S-434TM helicopters to the Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MOI). The two aircraft inaugurate the Saudi MOI light helicopter fleet, which will eventually total nine aircraft. The MOI deliveries are the first for the S-434 helicopter. In addition to the S-434 helicopters, Sikorsky Global Helicopters is providing a complete logistical support package including spare parts, special tools, and training for pilots and mechanics. In-country support personnel will include a technical representative and instructor pilot.

This document contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in government procurement priorities and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

FMS BLACK HAWK Helicopter Program Completed

Sikorsky HaWK WORKSTM Military derivatives Completion Center (MdCC) recently completed a Foreign Military Sale BLaCK HaWK helicopter program for the Colombian army. Fifteen UH-60L BLaCK HaWK helicopters were completed; 13 done at the HaWK WORKSTM facility in New york and two at Sikorsky's development Flight Center in Florida.


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Time for a tune-up

FUE UH-60M helicopters 07-20042 (M32) and 07-20050 (M40) arrived in Fort Campbell from Afghanistan in a downpour in November, by way of a C-5 carrier, along with six main rotor blades. After a smooth offload, the aircraft were parked near the Reset hangar, and underwent pre-reset aircraft and equipment inventories.

Sikorsky Frontlines is a special newsletter exclusively for U.S. and international government and military customers, to keep you informed of events, products and technologies, program updates and support services information. We created Sikorsky Frontlines for you, and we welcome your input, ideas, and stories to make this publication as enjoyable and useful as possible. To receive Frontlines via email, or to send a story or photo for inclusion, contact: Editor Marianne V. Heffernan, [email protected] Contributors: Heather Greco, Alicia Hutchins, Jen Lee, Karen Peckingham, Matt Rodgers, Mike Skaggs, Ashley Slaybaugh, Marcy Spencer, Ashlee Thomas and Vince Vannoorbeeck.

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