Lockheed Martin‘sÂ SikorskyÂ subsidiary has entered agreements with Turkey’s governmentÂ and aerospace companies in the countryÂ to license production of 109 T70 utility helicopters based on Black Hawk aircraft.
Sikorsky said Thursday Turkish Aerospace Industries will build and deliver T70 aircraft within the next 10 years as prime contractor forÂ the $3.5 billionÂ Turkish Utility Helicopter Program.
Sikorsky will provideÂ engineering data to TAI to help establish the T70Â assembly line and manufacturing functions, as well asÂ deliver five aircraft kits to be assembled by TAI in 2018.
TAI will begin to supply the helicopters inÂ 2021 for Turkey’s Land Forces, Air Force, Gendarme, Special Forces, National Police and the Directorate General of Forestry.
The 109Â T70 helicopters will include 89 choppersÂ in common utility configuration and 20 rotorcraftÂ in a firefighting configuration for the Turkish forestry agencyÂ to be delivered through 2026, Lockheed noted.
TAI will also deliver baseline S-70i Black Hawk aircraft for export to Sikorsky through a three-decade period and the two companies plan to form a joint marketing team to aidÂ Sikorskyâ€™s sale of S-70i to new markets in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.
TAI’s TUHP contract includesÂ options to manufacture up toÂ 600 T70 and S-70i helicopters.
Aselsan, Sikorsky joint ventureÂ Alp AviationÂ andÂ Turkish Engine Industries will also develop aircraft components under TUHP.