PARIS, June 17 (UPI) -- Turkey's AlpTeknik Havacilik has signed a spare parts distribution agreement with Sikorsky Aerospace Services.
Under the accord, AlpTeknik Havacilik will provide in-country warehousing and distribution of spare parts in support of the country's military and government agencies operating Sikorsky aircraft.
"Our ability to maintain a local inventory of high turnover OEM [original equipment manufacturer] parts will enhance Turkey's fleet readiness while reducing overall operational expenses," said David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. "As part of the agreement, LifePort -- our mission equipment company -- will offer its full portfolio of products including armor protection, MEDEVAC and VIP luxury interiors.
"Our expanding collaboration continues to strengthen SAS' position in the European market."
SAS is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft. AlpTeknik Havacilik is a subsidiary of Turkey's Alp Aviation.
Turkey currently has a fleet of more than 120 Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters.
"Alp Aviation is growing and diversifying in a variety of aerospace sectors," said Tuncer Alpata, chairman of Alp Aviation. "In-country spares inventory coupled with a dedicated, professional team gives us the opportunity to provide long-term contracts and around the clock support to our country's rotary and fixed wing operators.
"In the future, AlpTeknik will offer additional logistics solutions."
The distribution agreement was announced at the Paris Air Show.