12:00 AM, July 23, 2009
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the National Police Agency (NPA) in Japan has selected the S-92 helicopter to conduct search and rescue and special mission operations. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. "Sikorsky is proud to continue our long association with the NPA and to provide them with a world-class, multi-mission solution," said Carey Bond, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Sikorsky. The NPA has employed Sikorsky helicopters since 1996, and today the agency's fleet includes two S-76B helicopters. These perform missions including search and rescue, transportation, utility and a variety of special requirements for the NPA. The S-92 helicopter is the first helicopter in its class certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to the most rigorous standards, without any exceptions or waivers. The S-92 helicopter also is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency to its very stringent safety standards. Nearly 100 S-92 helicopters have been delivered to date, and the worldwide fleet has accumulated more than 160,000 flight hours. The aircraft perform diverse missions including the transport of heads of state in several nations and search and rescue operations off the U.K. coast. The S-92 helicopter also has become a helicopter of choice for transporting oil workers to offshore rigs, often in extreme climates such as the North Sea.