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Sikorsky To Supply Eight Utility Helicopters To Saudi Arabia
Sikorsky S-70 helicopter

Sikorsky Aircraft has won a $91 million contract for exercising an option for eight utility helicopter aircraft to Saudi Arabia.

Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2010 and 2016 other funds in the amount of $91,832,211 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity, US department of defense said in a statement Friday.

Sikorsky had signed an agreement with Saudi Arabian company, Taqnia Aeronautics to explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom earlier this year. It was stated that the agreement could lead to direct involvement in the assembly of Sikorsky S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopters in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense, Ministry of National Guard and Ministry of Interior currently operate a fleet of Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopters. The Ministry of Interior also operates Sikorsky's S-92 commercial heavy lift helicopters. Sikorsky is under contract to deliver SEAHAWK helicopters via the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales program to the Ministry of Defense.

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