Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sikorsky Global Helicopters Delivers First Two S-434(TM) Helicopters

HORSEHEADS, N.Y., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced that its Light Helicopters Division has delivered the first two S-434™ helicopters to the Ministry of Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MOI). Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The two aircraft inaugurate the Saudi MOI light helicopter fleet, which will eventually total nine aircraft. The MOI deliveries are the first for the S-434 helicopter.
"With these deliveries, the S-434 helicopter turns a page in its early history," said David Horton, General Manager of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Light Helicopter Division. "We are proud to begin this relationship with the MOI and look forward to the further growth of this product line."
The S-434 helicopters were manufactured at Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Light Helicopter Division in Horseheads, N.Y.
In addition to the S-434 helicopters, Sikorsky Global Helicopters is providing a complete logistical support package including spare parts, special tools, and training for pilots and mechanics. In-country support personnel will include a technical representative and instructor pilot.
The S-434 helicopter model is a new version of the S-333™ helicopter and incorporates many of the latest design and performance technologies developed with respect to light helicopters.
The S-333 helicopter operates throughout the world in many demanding missions including law enforcement patrol, commercial and military flight training, power line/pipeline patrol, personal use, and light utility operations.
Inherited advantages of the S-333 helicopter design ensure that benefits such as excellent visibility, superior flight handling characteristics, and exceptional safety and crashworthiness features are retained on the S-434 helicopter. These benefits, combined with ease of maintenance and reliability, make the new S-434 helicopter an exceptional-value single-turbine helicopter.
Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, produces the S-76®, S-92®, and H-92™ helicopters as well as the S-300C™, S-300CBi™, S-333, and S-434 light helicopters. Sikorsky Global Helicopters also include operations of Keystone Helicopter Corp. and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG).
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, 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.
For more information, contact:
Ashley Slaybaugh, Marketing Communications Specialist
Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Light Helicopter Division
Tel: 607-378-6007; Fax: 860-660-6983

Verizon Business Joins NORAD to Track Santa's Sleigh

Toll-Free Hotline Connects Children With Christmas Command Team
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Where in the world is Santa Claus? That's a question millions of children ask on Christmas Eve.
On the big night, the answer will be only a toll-free call away. Verizon Business again is teaming with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to provide a special free hotline for children and their parents to speak with a volunteer at the famed military center.
Starting Dec. 24 at 2 a.m. Mountain time through 3 a.m. Mountain time on Dec. 25, children across the U.S. and Canada can call 1-877-HI-NORAD to determine Santa's exact location on Christmas Eve. (Callers outside North America can reach the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline by dialing the local Colorado Springs number at 719-556-5211 using the appropriate country code. International charges can apply.)
More than 1,200 volunteers, military personnel from Colorado Springs, their families and friends, and NORAD Tracks Santa corporate sponsor team members – including members from Verizon Business -- will be continuously manning the NORAD Santa tracking hotline to ensure children know the whereabouts of Santa on Christmas Eve. In 2008, nearly 74,000 calls were answered at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base.
"For years, NORAD and Verizon have worked together to bring children of all ages a unique experience during the holiday season -- live tracking of Santa along his yuletide journey," said Joyce Frankovis, the program project lead from NORAD. "While we've added many online bells and whistles since its inception, the Santa hotline is at the heart of our program, enabling children to talk to a live operator to find out Santa's whereabouts."
Children, their parents and the young-at-heart also can visit the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site (, which provides real-time information on Santa's exact location. The information is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese -- complete with radar maps and streaming SantaCam video images documenting Santa's global journey.
This year, Santa also can be tracked through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and
A Tradition for Half a Century
NORAD, the binational U.S. and Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of both countries, has tracked Santa around the globe on Christmas Eve for more than 50 years. The tradition started by accident in 1955 after a local newspaper misprint prompted children to call the Continental Air Defense Command (NORAD's predecessor) instead of a special Santa hotline phone number.
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Northrop Grumman's Unmanned Fire Scout Completes Successful Maritime Sensors Demonstration

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 16, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News) has successfully completed maritime sensor demonstrations using a company-owned MQ-8B Fire Scout tactical Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS). Fire Scout was equipped with the Telephonics' radar and FLIR Electro Optical Infrared system, and highlighted the versatility of the unmanned helicopter's modular payload architecture and its flexibility in integrating off-the-shelf payloads.
The demonstration was performed under a contract awarded in September by ABS Group, a Systems Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) contractor for the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center. The test took take place during the week of October 19 in the Chesapeake Bay conducted from the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, Md., Webster Outlying Field.
Following the maritime sensor demonstration, the Coast Guard participated in a multiple day virtual exercise at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Development Center in Rancho Bernardo, Calif. The exercise took place in the company's simulation Cyber Warfare Integration Node (CWIN). The simulation operated in a Coast Guard configuration and generated counter narcotics operations from the Coast Guard's National Security Cutter.
"We understand the importance of providing the best design, development and production of unmanned systems. An important part of this service is to provide the tools to define and develop new concepts of operations that illustrate how we can successfully integrate both manned and unmanned systems," said Duke Dufresne, sector vice president and general manager of the Strike and Surveillance Systems Division for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Sherri Pineda

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
(858) 618-4556

Saab Receives Two Orders for Carl-Gustaf

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--December 16, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: Defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) has signed two contracts on further deliveries of the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. The total value of the orders is 192 MSEK.
“This is very positive and it further proves the capability of the Carl-Gustaf system which until now has been exported to more than 40 customers around the world,” says Tomas Samuelsson, Business Unit Manager, Saab Bofors Dynamics.
Deliveries will be completed in 2010.
At the request of the customer, further details in the contract or about the customer will not be announced.
The Carl-Gustaf system has a long and successful history, but still proves to be a modern and capable Ground Support weapon. The first versions were delivered more than 50 years ago, and the system has successively been modernized and adapted to meet the changing requirements of the battlefield.
Saab’s ground combat systems are lightweight, easy-to-use and offer the commander multiple capabilities and freedom of action in any conflict scenario.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on December 16 at 11.00.
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