Celebrating Sikorsky: A Year in Review


A new era began for Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky on Nov. 6, 2015, when Sikorsky officially became part of the Lockheed Martin family. In the 12 months to follow, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky have harnessed the power of the two organizations’ combined expertise and capabilities to achieve program excellence and innovations that push the boundaries of present and future rotorcraft.

January 2016 and beyond: Meeting Customer Missions

During Dubai Airshow, the Lockheed Martin KC-130J shared the tarmac with a U.S. Navy MH-60S SEAHAWK helicopter built by Sikorsky. 

January 2016 and beyond: Meeting Customer Missions

Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky realign to best support customers and improve efficiency across the mission systems business, and logistics and sustainment business.

Feb. 29 – March 4, 2016: HAI Heli-Expo

During HAI Heli-Expo, we highlight our commercial helicopters with a celebration of customer achievements and rescue awards. In 2016, we officially launched the Sikorsky Customer Care Center.

May 12, 2016: S-92 Program Achieves 1 Million Hours

In May, the global fleet of more than 275 Sikorsky S-92® helicopters surpassed one million flight hours. Sikorsky launches its "Thanks a Million" campaign to recognize customers, operators, suppliers, and employees for their contributions to this major milestone.

May 2016: Combat Rescue Helicopter Preliminary Design Review

Collaborating with the Defense Advance Research Project Agency, Sikorsky demonstrates a 30-mile autonomous flight with its MATRIX Technology as part of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.

May 2016: Combat Rescue Helicopter Preliminary Design Review

The Combat Rescue Helicopter successfully completes its Preliminary Design Review for the U.S. Air Force, officially kicking off the 112 HH-60W aircraft program of record.

June 16, 2016: First S-70i Prototype for Turkish Utility Helicopters

PZL Mielec presents Sikorsky with the first S-70i prototype aircraft for use as the engineering avionics test bed for the Turkish armed forces’ utility helicopters.

June 23, 2016: CH-53K Completes 27,000 lb. External Lift

The CH-53K aircraft demonstrates it can meet the Navy and Marine Corps’ “high hot” requirement by achieving an external lift of 27,000 pounds; since then, the CH-53K has successfully achieved its Initial Operational Test period.

July 2016: Armed BLACK HAWK Helicopter at Farnborough

At the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, Lockheed Martin unveils the armed BLACK HAWK helicopter, which combines the powerful Sikorsky airframe and avionics with armament and sensors from the Missiles and Fire Control business.  

July 2016: Presidential Helicopter Meets Critical Design Review

The VH-92A program, which will transport the next President of the United States, successfully achieves the Critical Design Review, demonstrating the aircraft design meets system requirements.

October 13, 2016: Sikorsky Delivers 1,000th H-60M Helicopter

Sikorsky delivers the 1,000th H-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter to the U.S. Army; this UH-60M helicopter will be used for missions like troop and cargo transport.

October 27, 2016: X2 Technology Demonstrator Inducted into Smithsonian

The X2 Technology Demonstrator, which is the foundational technology for Sikorsky’s future vertical lift offering, is inducted into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center.