Sikorsky to provide U.S. Army and Navy with Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters
HUNTSVILLE, AL, 20 July 2012. The U.S. Army and Navy signed an $8.5 billion contract with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a, aircraft designer based in Stratford, Conn. and a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), to buy a baseline quantity of 653 Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters through December 2017.
The UH-60M 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 MH-60R Seahawk began development in 1993. The Seahawk includes a new sensor suite that includes an aircraft survival equipment package, MTS-FLIR, an advanced airborne fleet data link, and an active airborne sonar.
Black Hawk and Seahawk aircraft deliveries under the new contract will begin this month. Sikorsky produces the two H-60M Black Hawk and two MH-60 Seahawk aircraft models on four separate production lines at its final assembly facility in Stratford, Conn., and West Palm Beach, Fla.