Turkey To Produce S-70i Black Hawk Helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has signed agreements with the Turkish government and key Turkish aerospace contractors that license Turkey’s aerospace industry to manufacture 109 T-70 helicopters (Turkish variants of Sikorsky’s S-70i International BLACK HAWK helicopter) for operation by the Turkish Government.

The agreements provide for the potential to produce up to a total of 600 aircraft, including both T-70 units for Turkish indigenous use and S-70i aircraft for export over the next 30 years.

Military electronics specialist Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm will be tasked with critical work including a new glass cockpit, multifunction displays, flight management system, moving map system, inertial navigation system, GPS, identify friend-or-foe system, advanced radios and a self-protection system which all are developed indigenously.

On the other hand Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is the main contractor in the project, and will build the rotor blades, cabin and a Turkish designed cockpit under licence at their facility in Ankara. Meanwhile Turkish Engine Industries (TEI) will build T700-TEI-701D engines for the aircraft under licence from General Electric, with Alp Aviation (a joint venture between Sikorsky and Alpata Group) producing the helicopters transmission systems and other components, including landing gear.

“This program is unprecedented in Sikorsky’s 90-year history,” said Sikorsky President Mick Maurer. “We have signed contracts that collectively will raise our already strong supplier and customer relationships in Turkey to levels that we expect will endure for decades. We are very pleased that these agreements also will potentially open additional markets for the world’s leading utility military helicopter while strengthening Turkish industry’s position as a world-class aerospace provider.”

Turkey signed the utility deal with Sikorsky on Feb. 21. Aselsan officials said the subcontract with TAI was signed shortly after that deal. Turkey in 2011 selected Sikorsky as its partner company to lead production of the country’s next-generation utility helicopters.

Sikorsky defeated Italian-British AgustaWestland by bidding its T-70, the Turkish version of its S-70 Black Hawk International. The S-70 Black Hawk International is used by dozens of militaries, including Turkey. AgustaWestland was competing with its TUHP 149, the Turkish version of its newly developed A-149.