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JAPAN MARITIME SAFETY AGENCY SELECTS S-76 SAR HELICOPTER

 JAPAN MARITIME SAFETY AGENCY SELECTS S-76 SAR HELICOPTER
 STRATFORD, Conn., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Japan Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) has selected the Sikorsky S-76C aircraft with its uprated engines and an advanced search and rescue (SAR) configuration for its helicopter replacement program.
 The MSA has requested government funding for the first helicopter in a replacement program of more than 20 aircraft. Delivery of the initial S-76C is scheduled by the last quarter of 1993.
 Selection of the S-76C, equipped with twin Turbomeca Arriel 1S1 engines, manual blade fold and a sophisticated Honeywell SAR package, was based on an intensive agency study of the attributes of S-76 SAR helicopters operated by the Hong Kong Government. The aircraft have compiled an impressive string of rescue successes operating from Hong Kong.
 Sikorsky developed the manual blade fold system, which earlier this year was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. The blade fold for stowage aboard ship is a requirement of the MSA, which operates similarly to the U.S. Coast Guard. The helicopter fleet will rotate between ship-based and land-based operations.
 The S-76C is the latest major variant of the highly successful and time-proven S-76 helicopter family. It retains the basic S-76B airframe, along with its uprated drive train, allowing full use of all available engine power.
 The additional power supplied by the Arriel 1S1 engines allows the S-76C to operate at 11,700 pounds, using FAA Category B takeoff criteria at temperatures up to 30 degree C at sea level.
 The S-76 SAR aircraft is the first civil helicopter to be certified by the FAA with an automatic approach-to-hover system under IFR conditions.
 The advanced avionics system installed in the S-76 SAR helicopter is approved to allow automatic deceleration and descent to a hover from a cruise condition. Once over the target, the pilot engages the mark-on- target function that initiates a patterned approach to hover.
 Using doppler velocities, the aircraft turns downwind while decelerating to 60 knots and descending to 200 feet. After stabilizing, the aircraft turns into the wind and begin a deceleration to zero knots and a descent to a preselected radio altimeter hover height.
 At completion of the approach the helicopter hovers, pointed into the wind, approximately 300 feet short and to the left of target.
 The Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force operates three S-76 SAR helicopters and five S-76 general purpose aircraft. The squadron has used its S-76 fleet to perform numerous rescues in the South China sea, including a massive lifesaving effort in August 1991 after an oil exploration barge capsized in a typhoon.
 More than one million lives have been saved worldwide through the unique services provided by rotary-wing aircraft. Sikorsky is recognized as the pioneer and premier search and rescue helicopter manufacturer, whose aircraft have been operating in coast guard services since 1943.
 Sikorsky Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), pioneered the helicopter industry and is the world's leading helicopter designer and manufacturer. Its models are widely deployed by all the U.S. military branches, and are flown by military and commercial users in more than 30 nations.
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 /CONTACT: James Lynch, 203-386-7143, or William Tuttle, 203-386-3829, both of United Technologies Corp./
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