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STATE SENATOR

Ed Gomes

FIGHTING FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Sikorsky Gets Contract To Build 200 Helicopters for U.S. Marine Corps

It's great to see the U.S. Dept. of Defense recognize the outstanding work done in Connecticut to build state-of-the-art aircraft for our military.

Two hundred new helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps will be built right here at Sikorsky's facility in Stratford.

Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin Corp. received Pentagon approval to begin production of CH-53K King Stallion helicopter for the U.S. Marines.

The award includes 200 helicopters, each costing $87 million on average and $105 million including spare parts and certain service contracts. The $27 billion program also includes more than $6 billion in research and development costs.

The new helicopter, developed by Lockheed's Sikorsky helicopter business, can lift 36,000 pounds and would replace the old aircraft from the 1980's.

Last September, I voted to retain and grow approximately 8,000 jobs at Sikorsky Aircraft until 2032, keep the Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, and substantially increase Sikorsky's spending in the state.

These projects will continue to benefit not only Sikorsky, but also its 302 in-state suppliers, 30 of whom are located in Bridgeport and Stratford and workers in our area.