The RPMDCC, which will be branded Sikorsky HAWK WORKS @ Schweizer Aircraft(sm), will serve as the primary completion center for all BLACK HAWK and Naval Hawk derivative aircraft, mostly for foreign military customers. BLACK HAWK derivative helicopters requiring customized configurations for a range of specialized missions will be manufactured at Sikorsky's Connecticut facilities and then transported to the RPMDCC for completion.
Sikorsky announced the project during a ceremony today at Schweizer attended by New York Governor George Pataki, U.S. Representative John 'Randy' Kuhl, R-N.Y, state officials, Chemung County officials, and more than 400 Schweizer employees.
The RPMDCC also will add capacity for additional future military work and for other special mission aircraft currently manufactured at Schweizer, such as the Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle and fixed-wing reconnaissance aircraft.
The RPMDCC will be located approximately one quarter-mile from Schweizer's current facility. Construction is scheduled to start this summer, and the RPMDCC is expected to be operational by the first quarter 2007. The facility is expected to add 100 jobs at Schweizer.
"The creation of Sikorsky HAWKS WORKS @ Schweizer Aircraftsm is an important step in our long-range corporate strategy to increase capacity in order to meet growing demand for military products. It allows Sikorsky's Connecticut facilities to focus on production of standard-configuration aircraft while taking full advantage of Schweizer's rapid prototyping capabilities," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.