Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation to provide Army, Navy and Foreign Militaries with up to 916 UH/MH-60 helicopters
STRATFORD, Conn., 14 July 2012. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., an aircraft design company in Stratford, Conn., will be providing the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and the foreign military sales program with up to 916 UH/MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The firm-fixed-price contract that was awarded to Sikorsky is worth $2.8 billion.
The original Black Hawk has seen many modifications, such as the highly modified H-60s that were used during the Special Forces operation that ended with the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
The UH/MH-60 series of Black Hawk helicopters are heavily modified and can include modifications that allow for tasks such as in-fight refueling, terrain-following radar, improved weapons capability, axillary fuel tanks, greater maneuvering performance, reduced noise signature, stealth technology, upgraded engines, and other functionality. The adaptability of the Black Hawk is what makes it one of the most popular and iconic helicopters in history.
Currently, different variations of Black Hawk helicopters are in use by the armed forces of over 20 different countries.