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Breeze-Eastern Awarded Sikorsky CH-53K Helicopter Cargo Winch Program

3rd September 2008 - 00:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Breeze-Eastern Corporation announced today that it has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation to provide the Internal Cargo Winch System for the next generation CH-53K Heavy Lift helicopter Sikorsky is developing for the United States Marine Corps. The initial contract requires the delivery of five units for the System Design and Development phase of the CH-53K helicopter for the USMC.

“Breeze-Eastern is proud to again be chosen by Sikorsky for such a significant program for our military,” said Robert L.G. White, President and CEO of Breeze-Eastern. “Building on our expertise in the cargo winch market which has been demonstrated on the Internal Cargo Handling System for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter and our retrofit for the USMC on the CH-53D helicopter with a dual winch system, Breeze-Eastern will continue this success by delivering a state of the art winch system to Sikorsky and the USMC.”

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. (http://www.sikorsky.com), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its mission statement reflects the company’s long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every time™." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

Breeze-Eastern Corporation (http://www.breeze-eastern.com) is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of sophisticated lifting devices for military and civilian aircraft, including rescue hoists, winches, cargo hooks, and weapons-lifting systems. The company, which employs approximately 180 people at its facility in Union, New Jersey, reported sales of $76.0 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008.

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