Sikorsky to develop autonomous helicopter for cargo missions

14 May 2014

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft said that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix technology, by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions.

With the autonomous Black Hawk, Sikorsky plans to build on the success of its Matrix technology and manned/unmanned resupply aerial lifter autonomy programs to deliver a new level of mission flexibility to combat and logistic planners. The product will integrate autonomy and advanced fleet management technology with refurbishment experience to provide a cost-effective, dependable and sustainable system.

Design of a prototype system has been underway for more than a year, and induction of the first Black Hawk helicopter will begin later this month.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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