27.04.2009IDEF 2009 / ALP AVIATION BECOMES A QUALIFIED SUPPLIER OF INTERNATIONAL BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER TRANSMISSION SYSTEMSIstanbul, April 27th, 2009- Alp Aviation and Sikorsky today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) initiating the process to establish Alp Aviation as a qualified supplier of International BLACK HAWK helicopter transmission systems. A ceremonial signing of the MOU took place at the International Defense Exhibition Fair, where Sikorsky and Alp Aviation also celebrated the 10th anniversary of their cooperation in Turkey.
Tuncer Alpata, Chairman of Alp Aviation, said the MOU strengthens the ongoing and successful relationship between Alp and Sikorsky. “Alp Aviation is proud of this partnership and the trust that Sikorsky has shown in the capabilities of Turkish industry. This technology transfer will continue to strengthen Alp Aviation’s position in the global rotary wing industry,” added Mr. Alpata.
“Twenty years ago, Sikorsky sold the first BLACK HAWK helicopters to Turkey and began developing its relationship in industrial participation that has grown into a significant business relationship”, said Stephen B. Estill, Sikorsky Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. “This MOU demonstrates Sikorsky’s long-term commitment to Turkey with the transfer of important technology to build transmission systems for the International BLACK HAWK helicopter. It establishes Alp Aviation as a highly valuable and reliable component manufacturer for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program and positions Alp to supply the international BLACK HAWK S-70i Program. This arrangement helps in strengthening our position in the European marketplace.”