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Sikorsky upgrading Saudi Black Hawks

Nov. 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's fleet of UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters will be upgraded to the UH-60L configuration by Sikorsky Aerospace Services, the company said.

Announcement of the contract from the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command to modernize 12 aircraft was made by Sikorsky at the Dubai Air Show.

"Our A-to-L conversion program for the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters provides the Saudi Land Forces with a cost-effective option to extend the service life of their fleets while permitting better integration with newer Black Hawk helicopter models," said David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services.

Based on the success of the H-60 Helicopter recapitalization and upgrade program for U.S. Army's Black Hawks, the modernization program offers comprehensive fleet upgrades for Sikorsky's global customers.

The RSLFAC A-to-L conversion plan is the second international modernization program under contract with SAS.

The A-to-L upgrade program incorporates key improvements consisting of a T700 to T701D engine upgrade for increased power and reliability and upgraded flight controls, avionics and instrument panel modifications. Each upgraded H-60 helicopter will also be equipped with a new aircraft flight control computer as well as new wiring harnesses, a high speed shaft and a sealed lead acid battery.

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