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Sikorsky a signé un contrat avec l’US Air Force pour développer un nouvel hélicoptère dédié aux mission Search And Rescue (SAR).Un dérivé de l’UH-60M Black Hawk doit être mis au point par le fabricant américain.

Le montant global du contrat s’élève à plus de 8 milliards de dollars incluant l’intégration des systèmes dédiés à la mission SAR, la livraison d’au moins 112 appareils ainsi que la formation des équipages entraînés pour cette mission. Les premiers exemplaires doivent être parvenus d’ici la fin de la décennie. 

Le communiqué du DoD : 

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $1,277,618,606 fixed-price-incentive-firm at target price/firm-fixed-price contract for the initial engineering, manufacturing and development Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program. The CRH program will replace the aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter with new air vehicles, training systems, and product support required for the Personnel Recovery mission.  The requirement is for 112 new air vehicles (most probable quantity); however, the contract has been structured to handle fluctuations of quantities.  The contract will include the development, integration, production, and initial sustainment of the entire CRH system.  Work will be performed at Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by June 2029, if all options are exercised.  This award is the result of a competitive acquisition.   If all options are exercised, the total contract amount is estimated at $7,900,000,000.  One offer was received in response to the solicitation issued Oct. 19, 2012.  Fiscal 2013 and 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $298,458,978 are being obligated at time of award.  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WISV, Rotary Wing Branch of Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery Division/ISR Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8629-14-C-2403).