Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Dec 29, 2011
Sikorsky Aircraft has announced the delivery of an S-76C helicopter to the Government of Maharashtra for air transportation of senior leaders of the state and other government officials.
The aircraft joins a growing fleet of Sikorsky helicopters operating in India including other S-76 family of aircraft.
Air Vice-Marshall (Retd) AJS Walia, Sikorsky Executive Vice President and Regional Head – India & South Asia, said: “This aircraft is recognized the world over for safety, operational performance, and comfort. The State Government has chosen the S-76C++ after an intense and transparent technical evaluation, and it has been customized to meet their requirements of safe and efficient transportation.”
Earlier this year, the Maharashtra Government had shortlisted Sikorsky’s S-76C++ helicopter after a technical evaluation process and signed a contract for delivery. The helicopter's versatility, reliability, safety and operating cost efficiencies make it ideally suited for transportation of senior leaders including Head of State, says Sikorsky.
Sikorsky is partnering with local industry. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, in collaboration with Sikorsky is manufacturing cabins for its state of the art S-92 helicopter. The status of the project is not known.