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Hamilton Sundstrand to supply environmental control system, Auxiliary Power Unit and main engine start system for new CH-53K helicopters

Sep. 17, 2007
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. - Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has been selected to supply integrated secondary power systems -- consisting of the environmental control system, auxiliary power unit and main engine start system -- for the U.S. Marines' fleet of CH-53K heavy lift helicopters.

The contract includes design, development and production work. Design and development will begin immediately with first hardware deliveries scheduled for 2009. This agreement has a potential value of more than $400 million.

Built by Sikorsky Aircraft, the CH-53K will be the world's premier heavy lift helicopter. Replacing the current inventory of CH-53E helicopters, the CH-53K is scheduled to achieve its Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2015.

The environmental control system and main engine start system will be built at Hamilton Sundstrand's Windsor Locks, Conn., facility while the Auxiliary Power Unit will be built at the company's San Diego, Calif., facility.

The environmental control system consists of flight deck and avionics air conditioning, cabin ventilation and heating, engine bleed system, and supply air for the onboard inert gas generation system.

Sikorsky previously awarded Hamilton Sundstrand a contract to supply the CH-53K's fly-by-wire flight control computers and primary main and tail rotor actuators.

“The CH-53K win brings Hamilton Sundstrand’s integrated system approach from fixed-wing aircraft to the rotary wing market,” said Tim Morris, president of Hamilton Sundstrand’s Aerospace Power Systems business. “I am extremely proud of the work our team did to find creative systems solutions to meet some of the challenging requirements of this new aircraft.”

Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky are subsidiaries of United Technologies Corp. With 2006 revenues of $5 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs approximately 18,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. The company's mission statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere … every time™."

United Technologies Corp., of Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning expected revenue and other matters that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward looking statements include the health of the global economy and the strength of end market demand in the aerospace industry; and company specific items including the ability to achieve cost reductions at planned levels; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies, and new products; government procurement decisions and delays and disruption in delivery of materials and services from suppliers. For information identifying other important economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, competitive and other uncertainties, see UTC's SEC filings as submitted from time to time, including but not limited to, the information included in UTC's 10-K and 10-Q Reports under the headings "Business," "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Cautionary Note Concerning Factors that May Affect Future Results," as well as the information included in UTC's Current Reports on Form 8-K.


Dan Coulom

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