The US Navy and Army will proceed with the existing plan to purchase 102 Sikorsky helicopters for $1.3 billion in the coming year, US DoD announced Monday.
The Navy’s contract revives the earlier rejected military proposal. The rejection would mean the US Army's contract would also become void.
The Army awarded $771.9 million contract that includes modification for 41 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and 24 HH-60M medical evacuation helicopters, with associated support functions. The contract is scheduled to complete by June next year.
The Navy awarded $535.3 million contract that involves modification of eight MH-60S and 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, and to fund associated sustaining engineering, program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, other integrated logistics support and provide advance procurement funding for program years four and five. Work is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2015.
US had signed the $8.5 billion deal with Sikorsky for an approximate 653 helicopters in June 2012. Deliveries are to run through 2017. The deal included options for 263 more helicopters.