Sikorsky to demonstrate capabilities of its M28 twin turboprop airplane in Rio de Janeiro

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, will demonstrate the short takeoff and landing capabilities of the M28 turboprop airplane to interested military, civil, and commercial operators in Rio de Janeiro during the LAAD Defence & Security trade show April 4-7, the company said.

The aircraft arrives in Rio de Janeiro after having demonstrated a range of mission capabilities to operators in Trinidad and Tobago, and to the Brazilian Army and other transport operators in Manaus and Brasília.

Demonstrated flight capability included take-off with up to 2,300 kgs (5,000 lbs) of cargo in just 548 meters (1,800 ft) of runway length, and fast reconfiguration of the 13,73 m3 (485 cu ft) cabin from passenger to cargo, or a combination of both.

The M28 aircraft is able to carry 19 passengers or a mix of passengers and cargo on the same flight, and to load and offload cargo via the clamshell doors at the rear of the stand-up cabin.

The dual-piloted aircraft can be loaded with mission equipment or up to 17 equipped troops, can perform medical evacuations, and can precisely drop paratroops and cargo from the rear of the plane. Mission equipment inserted into the cabin using a manually operated cargo hoist with 700 kgs (1,540 lbs) loading capacity gives the flight crew independent cargo-handling flexibility in remote locations.

Two PT6A-65B engines delivering 2,200 HP total power output give the 7,500 kgs (16,500 lbs.) Polish designed-and-built M28 airplane strong flight performance in tropical or cold temperatures at maximum payload.

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