Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sikorsky Plans Production Here

Aero India- Show News- Feb 10, 2011

Helicopter production in India is a goal for Sikorsky Aircraft, and four joint ventures to be announced here will move the company much further in that direction.

Sikorsky already has a JV with Tata Advanced Systems, to build cabins for the twin-engined S-92 medium helicopter, and the first delivery is imminent. Another JV with Tata on component manufacturing will be announced tomorrow.

One JV could involve the multirole Black Hawk helicopter, but Sikorsky execs declined to comment.

The Black Hawk had been proposed for India’s attack helicopter requirement but was withdrawn as it doesn’t have tandem seats.

Another agreement could include Sikorsky’s experimental high speed, co-axial rotor X-2.

“We have talked to the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) and would like to co-develop for Indian production, said Sikorsky VP Steve Estill. —Neelam Mathews

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