The US government and Sikorsky have signed a five-year contract for 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters, with options to reach a total of 255 aircraft to be delivered to the US Army and foreign military sales customers.
The “Multi-Year X” contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks the 10th multiple-year contract for Sikorsky and the US government for H-60 helicopters.
Workhorse and backbone
With more than 2,100 H-60 variants in the US Army’s inventory, the Black Hawk continues to be the workhorse and backbone of US Army Aviation, Sikorsky said.
As the Army continues to develop its Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capabilities, they will continue to operate the H-60M for the next several decades and alongside the future fleet.
$2.3 billion contract
The contract value for expected deliveries is approximately $2.3 billion, with a potential value of up to $4.4 billion, should options for additional aircraft be fully exercised. Multi-Year X deliveries are scheduled to begin in July and continue through 2027.
“This Multi-Year agreement allows the Army to meet current and future capability needs through upgrades, remanufacturing, replacement, and technology insertions,” said Col. Calvin Lane, the Utility Helicopters project manager. “The efficiencies of this contract make the best use of limited resources and result in direct savings to the Army and to taxpayers.”
“Decades of Black Hawk production and enhancements, strong programme execution and close partnership with the Army has kept the programme thriving, and this contract is a testament to that success,” said Nathalie Previte, vice president of Sikorsky’s Army and Air Force programmes.
“Additionally, we continue to see strong international interest in the Black Hawk due to its versatility and proven record of providing unwavering support to the US and nations around the globe.”