U.S. Army To Expand Black Hawk Fleet

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Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has signed a contract with the U.S. government to deliver 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The deal, which includes UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft, also has options for an additional 135 helicopters. Deliveries are expected to begin next month and continue through 2027.

“This Multi-Year agreement allows the Army to meet current and future capability needs through upgrades, remanufacturing, replacement, and technology insertions,” said the Utility Helicopters project manager Col. Calvin Lane. “The efficiencies of this contract make the best use of limited resources and result in direct savings to the Army and to taxpayers.”

According to Sikorsky, the five-year “Multi-Year X” contract is worth an estimated $2.3 billion with a potential value of up to $4.4 billion if all options are exercised. The contract is the 10th multi-year agreement the company has signed with the U.S. government for H-60 helicopters. Sikorsky reports that there are currently more than 2,100 H-60s in the Army’s inventory.

Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Based upon what we are seeing in Ukraine, it would appear the the era of the helicopter on the contested battlefield is nearing its end or certainly should be. But what the heck, it is only tax payer’s or funny money being spent on the equipment. However, everyone should watch a couple of dozen fatal helicopter shoot downs readily visible on U tube from Ukraine and watch pilots and passengers die horrible deaths in real time.

    • Actually, the new technology in guided projectiles of all sorts is making any type of attractive presence in a contested area (think planes, ships, tanks, APCs, you name it) an iffy proposition for long term survival. Warfare is moving back to the type of losses in manpower & material that prevailed in the pre-digital era. The only safe combatants are the ones sitting at consoles well to the rear…as long as the other guys don’t find out where they are.

  2. You read my mind, Dale. Shoulder launched missiles have had a devastating effect on the Russian helicopter fleet in Ukraine. Fighter jets have had enough problems, but the rotary fleet, including attack helicopters, has taken a real beating. And, since many of those SLMs are American made, the US Army should be painfully aware of what impact they could have on American helicopters and tanks. Even the Navy should be concerned about surface ships in light of what the Harpoon missiles have done. Of equal concern is that these weapons have had great success in the hands of relatively inexperienced soldiers and drone flyers. Imagine what would be possible if a force of well trained soldiers was using them. This has forced the Russians into using longer range stand-off missile systems to terrorize civilian targets, similar to what the Germans did to Britain in WWII with their V1 and V2 rockets. Military planners should be very interested in what all this will do to our own military forces for future conflicts.