Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, announced on 30 June that it has signed a five-year contract for 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters to be delivered to the US Army and Foreign Military Sales customers. The multi-year contract will yield significant savings for the US government, said the manufacturer, compared with purchasing the same quantity across five separate annual agreements.
The Multi-Year IX contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks the ninth multiple-year contract for Sikorsky and the US government for H-60 series helicopters, noted Sikorsky. The contract value for expected deliveries is approximately $3.8 billion and includes options for an additional 103 aircraft, with the total contract value potentially reaching $5.2 billion, said the firm. Actual production quantities will be determined year-by-year over the life of the programme based on funding allocations set by Congress and Pentagon acquisition priorities. The deliveries are scheduled to begin in October of this year and continue up to 2022.
Colonel Billy Jackson, the US Army utility helicopters project manager, stated: “This contract will provide our Army, sister services and allies with state-of-the-art modernised helicopters to complete crucial missions and save lives. Moreover, this effort will stabilise our manufacturing base and control long-term costs, and ultimately provide significant savings to the taxpayer.”