SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT (Subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation)
Founded as Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corporation in 1923 by late Igor I Sikorsky; has been division of United Technologies Corporation since 1929, but established as a subsidiary with effect 1 January 1995; began helicopter production in 1940s.
Headquarters and main plant at Stratford, Connecticut; also has manufacturing facilities elsewhere in Connecticut; other smaller fscilities in Alabama and Florida. Workforce in October 2002 was about 8,000 worldwide. Main current programmes include UH-60 Black Hawk and derivatives, S-76 series and, in co-operation with international partners, development of S-92 Helibus. In 2002, Sikorsky delivered total of 83 helicopters, comprising 49 Black Hawks, 16 MH-60S KnightHawks, eight Seahawks, four MH-60R Strikehawk rebuilds and six S-76s. Sikorsky and Boeing Helicopters won US Army RAH-66 Comanche light helicopter demonstration/validation order on 5 April 1991 (is joint Boeing Sikorsky product).
Sikorsky licensees include Agusta of Italy, Eurocopter of France and Germany, Korean Air Lines of South Korea, Mitsubishi of Japan, Pratt & Whitney Canada Ltd and UK element of AgustaWesland. Sikorsky and Embraer of Brazil signed agreement in mid-1983 to transfer technology covering design and manufacture of composites components. Sikorsky and CASA of Spain signed MoU in June 1984 covering long-term helicopter industrial co-operation programme; CASA builds tail rotor pylon, tailcone and stabiliser components for H-60 and S-70, with first CASA S-70 components delivered to Sikorsky January 1986. Most recent overseas venture, in collaboration with the Alpata Group of Turkey, concerns creation of Alp Aviation, which manufactures high-technology, precision-machined aerospace and defence components in 6,500 m2 (70,000 sq ft) facility in Eskisehir.
In October 1998, Sikorsky purchased Helicopter Support Inc, so as to offer enhanced support to helicopter operators on worldwide basis. In latter half of 1998, Sikorsky also secured US$150 million deal with US Navy covering contractor maintenance of jet trainer aircraft as well as HH-1N Iroquois and UH-3H Sea King helicopters. Overall responsibility for latter allocated to Sikorsky Support Services Inc, with the work undertaken at Meridian, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida; and Corpus Christi, Texas. Joint venture Shanghai Sikorsky Aircraft Company markets Schweizer light helicopters in China and is also planning to undertake indigenous production of light helicopters.