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Sikorsky Aerospace Services, the aftermarket business of diversified conglomerate United Technologies Corp.’s (UTX - Analyst Report) subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., recently launched configuration-specific phase maintenance kits for its helicopter fleet. Equipped with the latest configuration parts in accurate quantities based on feedback from field service personnel and on-site maintainers, the kits are likely to eliminate excess inventory for customers and reduce operating costs.

Sikorsky introduced these maintenance kits for its legacy UH-60A and UH-60L BLACK HAWK helicopters in addition to UH-60M and S-70i BLACK HAWK aircraft. The company is also offering customized 360 flight-hour Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) and 760 flight-hour PMI kits for BLACK HAWK operators. The kits are developed under stringent quality control standards and include all OEM-approved parts with recent specifications to minimize downtime errors.

These powerful helicopters with automatic fight control system are primarily operated by the National Police, Air Force, and Army. The improved version of the S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopters has a digital cockpit and advanced stellar avionics with a dual GPS/INS system for accurate navigation and well-informed situational awareness. The helicopters can also be customized to include other features such as radar, ballistic protection, medical litters, extended fuel tanks, an external rescue hoist, and cargo hook.  

Sikorsky is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of military and commercial helicopters, and also provides aftermarket helicopter and aircraft parts and services for its parent company United Technologies. At present, major production programs at Sikorsky include the UH-60M Black Hawk medium-transport helicopters and HH-60M Medevac helicopters for the U.S. and foreign governments, the S-70 Black Hawk for foreign governments, the MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters for the U.S. Navy, the International Naval Hawk for multiple naval missions, and the S-76 and S-92 helicopters for commercial operations.

Based in Hartford, CT, United Technologies provides high-end technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. The company is a diversified business conglomerate serving various end markets such as aerospace, defense and commercial construction. The business diversification allows the company to remain profitable amid tough economic times.

The operations of the company are primarily classified into two principal businesses: commercial and aerospace. Under its commercial business, the company has Otis and the UTC Climate, Controls & Security division, which combined the former Carrier and UTC Fire & Security divisions. The aerospace business of the company consists of Sikorsky aircraft and the UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, which includes UTC Aerospace Systems and Pratt & Whitney divisions.

United Technologies presently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other players in the industry worth reckoning include Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (HUWHY), Sumitomo Corp. (SSUMY) and 3M Co. (MMM - Analyst Report), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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