Sikorsky-owned S-70i helicopter arrives at Turkey defense electronics firm Aselsan for avionics suite testing

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has transferred an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter to defense electronics firm Aselsan for use as the prototype aircraft for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP), the company said.

The aircraft will enable Sikorsky to integrate an Aselsan-developed avionics suite into the Republic of Turkey´s new T70 utility helicopter, and later into Turkish-built Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk aircraft to be sold internationally.

Called the Integrated Modular Avionics System (IMAS), the new avionics suite is a collaborative design by Aselsan, Sikorsky, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), and pilots serving the Turkish Armed Forces to meet the requirements of Turkish T70 operators and other potential customers.

TAI leads a team of Turkish aerospace companies that will build at least 109 helicopters with the T70 designation for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program. The IMAS suite is expected in time for initial deliveries of T70 aircraft to Turkish end users in 2021.

The TUHP program is valued at approximately USD 3.5 billion for 109 T70 aircraft, inclusive of the work to be performed by Sikorsky, TAI and other suppliers.

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