Sikorsky continues to dominate military market with further production on the Blackhawk.
On June 30, 2017, Lockheed Martin announced a signed 5 year contract for 257 H-60 Blackhawk helicopters to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales customers. This contract will yield a cost savings to the U.S. Government as compared to purchasing the same quantity of helicopters over individual one year annual agreements. The “Multi-Year IX” contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks the ninth multi-year contract for Sikorsky and the U.S. Government for H-60 helicopters. This deal holds an expected delivery value of some 3.8 billion dollars with options to add an additional 103 aircraft with a potential total contract value of 5.2 billion dollars.
The actual production quantities will be determined on an annual basis over the life of the contract based on funding allocations set by Congress and the Pentagon’s acquisition priorities. The first deliveries are scheduled to begin October of this year and continue through 2022.
The UH-60M and HH-60M variants are the latest and most modern variants of the Black Hawk series that Sikorsky has been delivering to the Army since 1978. They provide additional payload and range, advanced digital avionics, better handling qualities and situational awareness, active vibration control, improved survivability, and improved producibility.
“Four decades of production, strong program execution and delivery on behalf of the warfighter, coupled with great affordability for the taxpayer, have been the cornerstones of this program,” said Sam Mehta, President, Defense Systems and Services, Sikorsky. “This contract allows us to continue supporting the important missions the Black Hawk performs as the workhorse utility and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopter in the U.S. Army inventory.”
Colonel Billy Jackson, the Utility Helicopters Project Manager stated that, “This contract will provide our Army, sister services and allies with state-of-the-art modernized helicopters to complete crucial missions and save lives. Moreover, this effort will stabilize our manufacturing base and control long-term costs, and ultimately provide significant savings to the taxpayer.”
Like this post? Do what the rest of the helicopter industry is doing and sign up for your free copy of Heliweb Magazine by clicking HERE.