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Customers Beginning to Discover New S-434 Commercial Helicopter

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Customers Beginning to Discover New S-434TM Commercial Helicopter

February 25, 2009

  ANAHEIM, California - Sikorsky Global Helicopters, the newly re-branded commercial programs group, celebrated today at Heli-Expo the first deposit agreements on its newest product, the S-434TM helicopter. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Sikorsky has four confirmed customer deposit agreements for aircraft deliveries valued in excess of $5 million if converted to delivery contracts. The S-434 is the next iteration of the S-333TM  helicopter, incorporating many of the design and performance technologies developed on the Fire Scout VTUAV (Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).

"This early interest and customer commitment to the S-434 helicopter reflects both the superior customer service offered by Sikorsky Global Helicopters, as well as the performance enhancements offered by the S-434 configuration," said David Horton, General Manager of Sikorsky Global Helicopters Light Helicopter Division, based in Horseheads, N.Y.

The S-434 helicopter introduces a new level of flight performance that includes a four-bladed rotor system, increased power and a larger fuel tank. Designed for multiple missions, it has excellent visibility and a spacious cockpit.

Its predecessor, the S-333 helicopter, operates throughout the world in many missions including law enforcement patrol, commercial and military flight training, power line/pipeline patrol, personal use and lift operations. Inherited advantages of the S-333 helicopter design include a cockpit layout with excellent visibility from all crew positions, superior flight handling characteristics and exceptional safety and crashworthiness features. 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. The company's mission statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere ... every timeTM." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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