Lockheed Martin company, Sikorsky announced the sale of an S-76D helicopter to an Indian customer on the inaugural day of the Farnborough Airshow.
To be operated by the Government of the state of Maharashtra in India, the new order marks the first sale of an S-76D helicopter in India.
Delivery is slated for 2019.
“The S-76D helicopter introduction has been quite successful in the Indo-Pacific region, with more than 30 aircraft sold and delivered in the last five years,” said Christophe Nurit, Sikorsky’s Regional Executive for Asia.“The aircraft has been selected and proven for multiple mission requirements ranging from Naval and Coast Guard operations to Executive Transport.One of our clients in Asia has accumulated 10,000 hours on its S-76D fleet in less than two years. This is another great achievement for this product.Sikorsky is proud to now introduce it in India.”
The S-76D helicopter in VIP configuration includes options for a customized interior with seating for five to eight passengers.
The S-76D can hold its rotor system still while running an engine to power the on-board air-conditioning system for safe, comfortable loading and unloading into the pre-cooled cabin during the summer season and hot climates.
Sikorsky has delivered more than 875S-76 helicopters to customers globally since 1977, accumulating more than 7.25 million fleet flight hours.
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