Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters; fixed-wing aircraft; spare parts and maintenance, repair and overhaul services for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft; and civil helicopter operations.
A passion for aviation drove immigrant Igor Sikorsky to establish The Sikorsky Manufacturing Corporation in 1925 on Long Island, New York, and the company later became The Sikorsky Aviation Corporation. In 1929, Igor purchased land in Stratford, Connecticut, and the company became a subsidiary and later a division of United Aircraft Corporation, which evolved into United Technologies Corporation in 1975.
Today, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. stays true to the legacy of Igor Sikorsky with a mission statement that encompasses his passion for safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere...every timeTM." Sikorsky helicopters have saved an estimated 2 million lives since performing the world's first helicopter rescue in 1944.
Our service and support organization, Sikorsky Aerospace Services, provides full-spectrum service solutions to fixed and rotary wing, commercial and military customers worldwide. Our comprehensive support is designed to minimize operator downtime, improve ease of use, and reduce cost of ownership. From newly engineered logistics programs to industry-recognized maintenance, repair and overhaul services and parts requisition, Sikorsky Aerospace Services keeps you flying.
In addition, Sikorsky's Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary produces the 300C™, 333™ and 300CBi™ light helicopters as well as fixed-wing reconnaissance airplanes. Sikorsky's PZL Mielec affiliate in Poland also produces fixed-wing aircraft including the M28 Sky Truck, M18 Dromader and M26 Iskierka airplanes.
Sikorsky helicopters are used by all five branches of the United States armed forces, along with military services and commercial operators in 40 nations. Core U.S. military production programs are based on the Sikorsky H-60 aircraft: the BLACK HAWK helicopter for the U.S. Army and SEAHAWK® helicopter for the U.S. Navy. H-60 aircraft derivative aircraft perform multiple missions with other branches of the U.S. military. The CH-53E helicopter and MH-53E helicopter heavy-lift aircraft are flown by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to transport personnel and equipment, and in anti-mine warfare missions. Sikorsky is currently developing the next-generation CH-53K helicopter for the U.S. Marines.
Sikorsky is the prime contractor in the U.S. Army's UH-60M aircraft program, which the Pentagon authorized for full rate production on June 26, 2007. The program calls for more than 1,200 of the newest BLACK HAWK aircraft during the next 25 years. In 2002, the U.S. Navy inducted the first MH-60S aircraft, the first all-new rotary wing aircraft to enter the service in a decade. The U.S. Navy's helicopter fleet will become all-Sikorsky by 2010, with the MH-60S helicopter and the MH-60R helicopter the only air platforms used.
Sikorsky has developed four generations of maritime helicopters including the proven SEAHAWK, SUPER STALLION™ and SEA KING™ helicopters that support the maritime operations of navies across the globe. Sikorsky has designed and built nearly half of all such helicopters currently serving with armed forces throughout the world.
BLACK HAWK helicopter variants are serving with 25 governments worldwide: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, People's Republic of China, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the U.S.
On the commercial side, Sikorsky led an international team to produce the S-92® helicopter. The first dedicated search and rescue S-92 helicopter has been delivered to CHC to fulfill the U.K. Maritime Coastguard Agency mission. The company is now developing its military variant, the H-92™ helicopter.
Sikorsky's venerable S-76® helicopter can be found around the world serving executive transport, airline operations, offshore oil transport, search and rescue and EMS missions. The current production model, the S-76C++™ helicopter, features a deluxe cabin designed to transport executives in comfort and safety. The next version of the S-76 is in development with first deliveries of the S-76D™ helicopter targeted for early 2010. It will feature improved performance, safety enhancements, quieter operation and the ability to fly in forecast icing.