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Sikorsky no longer owns its light helicopter product line. Lockheed Martin said a sale was completed Jan. 24.
“We have completed an agreement to sell the Sikorsky light helicopter product line, including the S-300 and S-333 models, to Schweizer RSG, an affiliate of Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) of Fort Worth, Texas, in line with Lockheed Martin’s commitment to retain and grow Sikorsky’s core commercial S-92 and S-76D production and sustainment businesses,” Lockheed Martin said in a statement. “The sale will have no impact on our commercial workforce or facility in Coatesville, [Pennsylvania].”
R&WI’s Ernie Stephens wrote in 2014 that the S-333, formerly a Schweizer 330, was intended to be a U.S. Army trainer in 1992.
“The 330 received lukewarm acceptance from most sectors, in part because there were piston aircraft that performed nearly as well for less,” he wrote. “The helicopter was given a makeover after Sikorsky acquired the company in 2004, dropped in a more powerful Rolls-Royce 250-C20W turbine engine and rebranded it the S-333.”
He continued that the S-333 got its biggest boost when it was turned into Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8B Fire Scout. The newest Fire Scout, MQ-8C, is based on the Bell Helicopter 407.