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.

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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 contract includes not only procurement of the helicopters, but also support services and technical data for the aircraft. The UH/MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is a four-blded, twin-engine medium-lift utility helicopter. The design for the original Black Hawk was submitted in 1972, and was first used by the U.S. Army in 1979 as a tactical transport helicopter. Since its entry into service the original UH-60A Black Hawk has seen use in conflicts in Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and many other combat zones.

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.

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