Boeing has joined forces with northeast Philadelphia chopper maker Leonardo to pitch a new helicopter to the Army to replace its aging UH-1n Huey helicopters, writes Joseph DiStefano for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The draft bid document was put out by the government earlier in April, with formal bids due this summer. The contract requires the construction of up to 84 helicopters, with the budget currently set at around $1.5 billion.
Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky is also expected to make a bid with its resized version of the legendary Black Hawk.
According to David Koopersmith, general manager of Boeing’s Vertical Lift division in Ridley Park, the MH-139 is already in production. This means it could be built and maintained for nearly $1 billion less than its Sikorsky counterpart.
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