Sikorsky wins $1.28B U.S. Air Force helicopter contract

|By:, SA News Editor

The Pentagon awards a $1.28B contract to United Technologies' (UTX) Sikorsky division for combat rescue helicopters to replace an aging fleet; it is Sikorsky’s second major chopper contract from the military in less than two months.

The agreement could be worth up to $7.9B if all options are exercised for as many as 112 new helicopters based on the UH-60M Black Hawk made by Sikorsky in partnership with Lockheed Martin (LMT), which is building the onboard mission systems.

The program's future still rests on the outcome of congressional wrangling over the latest defense budget and efforts to prevent the retirement of the A-10 jet.