PARIS, 24 June 2013. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. (NYSE:UTX) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) have formed a joint venture to compete for sustainment services in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's rotorcraft fleet.
"This is a significant milestone in strengthening our future competitive capabilities, designed to bring better value in support of the Saudi military rotorcraft fleets," says David Adler, president of Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS), the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft. "Drawing on our joint expertise, BSIS will compete and operate as a single-source provider of local and comprehensive sustainment for the Kingdom's rotorcraft platforms."
An equal-share joint venture, BSIS offers in-country logistics, fleet, and supply-chain management, maintenance support and aircraft modifications, as well as training for aircrews and maintainers. The joint venture will help advance the Kingdom's efforts to diversify its economy, expand the technological expertise of its aerospace and commercial sectors, and create jobs.
Sikorsky's history of working with the Kingdom dates back to the early 1990s. In late 2011, a conversion plan was executed to upgrade selected aircraft in the fleet–marking the second international modernization program under contract with SAS. Most recently, SAS announced plans to perform avionics and structural upgrades to certain fleet aircraft.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia operates a fleet of Boeing fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms. In addition, Boeing supports research and community projects and is involved in strategic and collaborative partnerships to help the Kingdom achieve its long-term educational and industrial development goals.