Now in development, the aircraft is the next iteration of the Schweizer model 333, incorporating many of the design and performance technologies developed on the Fire Scout VTUAV.
"The S-434 helicopter introduces a whole new level of flight performance," said Paul Schweizer, President of Schweizer Aircraft. "With a four-bladed rotor system, increased power and a larger fuel tank, the S-434 helicopter will fly farther and faster while having a larger useful load than its predecessor."
Sikorsky Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Stephen B. Estill said the new aircraft follows in the tradition of innovation which both companies proudly uphold. "Sikorsky continues to integrate the Schweizer product line into the Sikorsky product portfolio, offering customers comprehensive solutions that bring a new level of excellence to performance," Estill said.
Position agreements for the S-434 helicopter will now be offered, Estill said. The model 333 operates throughout the world in many demanding missions including law enforcement patrol, commercial and military flight training, power line/pipeline patrol, personal use and lift operations. Inherited advantages of the 333 design ensure that benefits such as a cockpit layout with excellent visibility from all crew positions, superior flight handling characteristics and exceptional safety and crashworthiness features are retained. These benefits, combined with the ease of maintenance and reliability that are designed into every component, make the new S-434 helicopter an exception value single-turbine helicopter.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing 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, USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.