Sikorsky Aerospace Services and Danish Aerotech Sign MOA for MH-60R Helicopter Support
Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Danish Aerotech A/S to discuss the possibility of establishing a maritime helicopter logistic support capability in Denmark should the Danish Government acquire MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters for the Royal Danish Navy. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
“The combined experience of our two companies can bring the Danish Navy high quality logistics support services to ensure mission and flight readiness for the 30-year life of the MH-60R helicopter fleet,” said Sikorsky Aerospace Services Vice President Frank DiPasquale.
Potential collaboration by the two companies comes as the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) continues to evaluate the MH-60R helicopter for the Danish Navy’s Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program. DALO is expected to announce its final selection in 2012.
“We see this agreement as a steppingstone in building up a support capability in Karup that will benefit our company by creating new jobs for decades. Collaborating with Sikorsky will offer valuable OEM expertise that will enhance the development and expansion our business,” said Jan Jorgensen, CEO of Danish Aerotech.
Aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky has delivered more than 100 MH-60R multi-role helicopters to the U.S. Navy since 2006. The aircrafts’ advanced sensors and communications equipment provide large area surveillance protecting U.S. Navy ships. The U.S. Navy also employs the aircraft for anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, tactical transport, medical evacuation, and ship-to-ship cargo resupply. The Royal Danish Navy is expected to employ MHRP aircraft to strengthen its national operations and carry out international commitments for transport, surveillance, and search and rescue operations with the United States and other allies.
Based in Karup, Denmark, Danish Aerotech A/S is an aerospace and defense company specializing in development, production, installation and support of mechanical, electrical and electronic parts and components for aircraft, helicopters, and missiles, as well as maintenance, modifications and integration of aircraft, missiles and associated components.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services, a Sikorsky company, provides comprehensive support to rotary and fixed wing operators worldwide. It offers its military and commercial customers a full portfolio of aftermarket support services, including material distribution, MRO, aircraft modifications and life-cycle support. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.
Source: By Marianne Heffernan and Paul Jackson - Shelton, Connecticut - 24 January 2012 - Sikorsky News (www.sikorsky.com)
Photo: The first new production MH-60R on its maiden flight. 28 July 2005 at the Sikorsky Aircraft facility in Stratford, CT (Photo by Copyright © Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation)