28 Feb '17, 10pm

As expected, Sikorsky to offer Black Hawk for Huey replacement contest

WASHINGTON — No surprise here: Sikorsky will propose a derivative of its ubiquitous Black Hawk utility helicopter for the Air Force’s Huey replacement program, according to an announcement Tuesday. The company, now a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, will offer the HH-60U, which incorporates modifications such as a rescue hoist and electro-optical sensor. The Air Force already owns three U-model Black Hawks, which have been flown by pilots and special operators since 2011, the company said in a news release. The Black Hawk is widely considered the favorite to replace the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet. The service initially tried to sole-source UH-60s for that purpose, but reversed course last year and decided to pursue a competition instead. According to Sikorsky, the HH-60U has the capacity to transport nine fully equipped security force personnel, their equipment, and two sp...

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