Russian-born helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky is long dead, but helicopters bearing his name still soar the skies. Sikorsky Aircraft designs, manufactures, and services such military helicopters as the Black Hawk (combat support, border security, medevac); Seahawk (anti-submarine/surface warfare, search/rescue); and Superhawk (military operations). Sikorsky's CH-53K helicopter is used by the US Marines for heavy lift operations. Civil aircraft include the S-76 and S-92, which are used for rescue, offshore oil, medical, and corporate use. A former subsidiary of United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft was sold to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion in late 2015.
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Looking to shed its helicopter operations, United Technologies in late 2015 sold Sikorsky Aircraft to military contractor giant Lockheed Martin in a transaction valued at $9 billion. Sikorsky was added to Lockheed's mission systems and training unit.
Sikorsky Military Systems targets the needs of the US and international military segments. Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH), the commercial business unit, serves customers in contract execution, as well as final manufacture and delivery of their helicopters, through its delivery center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Sikorsky Aerospace Services supports more than 10,000 rotary and fixed wing aircraft in 75 countries through aftermarket logistics, maintenance, training, and materiel support.
Sikorsky's operations span five continents, with its commercial and military helicopters operating with 25 governments.
The Sikorsky Manufacturing Corporation was established in 1925 on Long Island, New York. It relocated to Connecticut in 1929.