PETALING JAYA: The picture below is the first upgraded S-61T to be delivered to the US State Department. The T is the proposed version for the project to upgrade our fleet of surviving Nuris. I dont have Photoshop but one can imagine a RMAF version after seeing the picture below of the T-version.
I had reported before the Nuri upgrade programme will be funded in 2014, the next phase of the 10th Malaysian Plan. Hopefully it will go as planned although some people I know feels its over the top and a waste of money. They feel it will be better for the Nuri to be returned to its original condition before the ad-hoc upgrades through the years.
The press release from Sikorsky
Sikorsky Aerospace Services Delivers First Upgraded S-61TM Helicopter to U.S. State Department
SHELTON, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the delivery of the first upgraded S-61™ helicopter to the U.S. State Department. With its history of reliability and safety, the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter is capable of performing a wide range of critical missions including medical evacuation, passenger and logistics transportation. SAS is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
“This delivery marks another significant milestone for the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter program and speaks to the continued success of the aircraft’s upgrade program launched earlier this year. The S-61 helicopter continues to be one of the most dependable and best value aircraft in the aerospace industry,” said David Adler, SAS president.
Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department entered into an IDIQ (indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity) agreement to purchase up to 110 upgraded S-61 helicopters for passenger and cargo transport missions in support of worldwide operations. To date, purchase orders for 17 aircraft have been placed by the DoS for use in locations throughout the world. The S-61 helicopter has established a reputation as a reliable and mission-capable helicopter.
The upgrade program incorporates advancements in state-of-the-art technology that launches this long-proven aircraft into the twenty-first century. The upgraded S-61 helicopter includes a full array of system upgrades for enhanced mission performance. Composite main rotor blades (CMRB) provide improved functionality in hot/high conditions. Additional features have been incorporated to reduce pilot fatigue and maintenance requirements for increased safety. The upgraded S-61 aircraft offers its operators an affordable purchase price, economical operating costs and intrinsic resale value. Four aircraft are to be delivered in 2010, with deliveries of the next 13 upgraded S-61 helicopters scheduled throughout 2011.
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