Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Nov 15, 2011
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS)has signed a follow-on contract with the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command to upgrade its fleet of BLACK HAWK UH-60A helicopters to the UH-60L aircraft configuration.
SAS is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The parties anticipate that as a result of this upgrade program the RSLFAC's fleet of 12 UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopters will benefit from improved performance, increased mission readiness, extended service life, and reduced maintenance and support costs, says SAS.
"Our A-to-L conversion program for the UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopters provides the Saudi Land Forces with a cost-effective option to extend the service life of their fleets while permitting better integration with newer BLACK HAWK helicopter models," said David Adler, President of SAS.
The RSLFAC A-to-L conversion plan is the second international modernization program under contract with SAS.
The A-to-L upgrade program incorporates key improvements consisting of a T700 to T701D engine upgrade for increased power and reliability, and upgraded flight controls, avionics and instrument panel modifications. Additionally, each upgraded H-60 helicopter will be equipped with a new Aircraft Flight Control Computer (AFCC) as well as new wiring harnesses, a high speed shaft and a sealed lead acid battery.