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Sikorsky, Turkey Aim to Bolster Helicopter Exports with $3.5B Black Hawk Program; Mick Maurer Comments

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Black HawkSikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Turkish government have struck a $3.5 billion helicopter production deal that aims to strengthen Turkey’s multi-mission capabilities and aerospace export programs, Defense News reported Monday.

Burak Ege Bekdil writes that Sikorsky will build utility helicopters with an industry team of Turkish contractors under the country’s Black Hawk T-70 program.

The article notes Turkey intends to utilize Sikorsky helicopters for military, law enforcement and firefighting activities.

“We have signed contracts that collectively will raise our already strong supplier and customer relationships in Turkey to levels that we expect will endure for decades,” said Mick Maurer, Sikorsky president, according to the report.

Turkish defense procurement officials forecasts that the program will generate more than $1 billion in export revenues, Bekdil writes.

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