12 S-76D Helicopters for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior

A subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced Nov. 1 that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) has signed a contract to procure 12 S-76DTM helicopters and has taken options to acquire eight additional S-76D aircraft. The aircraft will perform security, transport and other missions. Delivery of the first helicopter is scheduled for early 2012.

Shane Eddy, Vice President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, said “We’re truly honored to work with the MOI and proud to be announcing the largest S-76D fleet order to date,” adding, “We appreciate the opportunity to show that the S-76D helicopter will provide the superior performance and capability that the MOI requires and is well-suited for operations throughout the region.”

The latest model in the highly successful S-76 helicopter line, the S-76D helicopter features are all-composite, flaw-tolerant main rotor blades; an advanced Thales avionics system and autopilot; dual rotor speed for quiet mode operation with active vibration control; powerful Pratt & Whitney 210S engines; a quiet mode; and an optional Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS) for all-weather capability. The S-76D helicopter also will offer an increase in useful load and extended range performance versus the S-76C+TM and S-76C++TM aircraft currently fielded. Nearly 800 S-76 helicopters have been produced and delivered.

Based in Stratford, Connecticut, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service.

 

-planenews.com

 

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