Sikorsky gets $3.5B Turkey contract

Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft said Friday won an initial contract for a 109 helicopter deal from the Turkish Defense Industry Executive Committee.

Sikorsky is providing a variant of its Black Hawk helicopter to serve as the Turkish Utility Helicopter.

The helicopters will be assembled in Turkey by Sikorsky’s partner Turkish Aerospace Industries from from U.S. and Turkish components. The contract is valued at $3.5 billion and could expand to 600 helicopters. Sikorsky’s share is expected to top $1 billion and the contract is for 10 years and would include aftermarket service and parts.

Sikorsky is a subsidiary of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp.

More on this to follow in the business section.

Rob Varnon