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Saudi Arabia to receive 17 Blackhawk helicopters from Sikorsky

Saudi Arabia to receive 17 Blackhawk helicopters from Sikorsky

Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has awarded Sikorsky a contract worth nearly $200 million for 17 unique UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for Saudi Arabia.

The agreement reached between the Army and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is worth more than $193.8 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price foreign military sale.

Saudi Arabia is expected to receive eight UH-60Ms for the Saudi Arabian National Guard, while the other nine will go to the Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces.

The Blackhawk aircraft gained national attention in May 2011, after a stealth Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during the raid on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's compound by members of SEAL Team Six.

More than $11.1 million will be obligated to Sikorsky at the time of award, which has been allocated from fiscal year 2018 foreign military sales, the Pentagon said.

Source: www.upi.com
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