Representatives of the United States government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, signed a five-year contract for a baseline of 120 H-60M Black Hawk Helicopters, with options to reach a total of 255 aircraft to be delivered to U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Sikorsky continues to modernize and improve the Black Hawk to meet the military’s challenging and evolving missions by continuously delivering aircraft through a hot production line, a mature and well-established supply chain and a digital factory. .
“Multi-Year X” contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks 10th multi-year contract for Sikorsky and the US government for the H-60 helicopters. With over 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. As the Army continues to develop its Future vertical ascent (FVL) capabilities, they will continue to operate the H-60M for decades to come and alongside the future fleet.
The contract value for expected deliveries is approximately $2.3 billion, with a potential value of up to $4.4 billion, if options for additional aircraft are fully exercised. Multi-year X deliveries are expected to begin in July 2022 and continue through 2027.
“This multi-year agreement enables the Army to meet current and future capability needs through upgrades, refurbishments, replacements and technology insertions,” said Col. Calvin Lane, project manager Utility Helicopters. “The efficiencies of this contract make the best use of limited resources and translate into direct savings for the military and taxpayers.”
“Decades of Black Hawk production and enhancements, strong program execution, and a close partnership with the military have allowed the program to thrive, and this contract is a testament to that success,” said Nathalie Previte, Vice President of Sikorsky’s Army and Air Force programs. “In addition, we continue to see strong international interest in the Black Hawk due to its versatility and proven ability to provide unwavering support to the United States and nations around the world.”
“Sikorsky continues to invest in the Black Hawk platform – from sustainment to digital transformation and modernization – to provide our customers with the competitive edge they need,” added Previte. “We have aligned our investments with the Army’s technology roadmap, while leveraging Future Vertical Lift technologies to ensure the Black Hawk will be a key player in the joint operations environment and in the FVL ecosystem. “
The H-60M Black Hawk multi-mission combat assault utility helicopter offers additional payload and range, advanced digital avionics, active vibration control, improved deliverability, handling qualities and awareness of the improved situation, as well as improved survivability.