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Lockheed Martin in Owego Lands Helicopter Work

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Lockheed Martin, paired with Sikorsky Aircraft is celebrating another big government contract.

Officials announced yesterday the partners have been awarded a $1.28 billion with the U-S Air force to build a new fleet of combat rescue helicopters.

The Owego Lockheed plant will work on the aircraft’s combat systems and other specialized equipment.

Sikorsky, based in Connecticut, will provide the actual aircraft.

The contract calls for 112 combat search and rescue helicopters to replace aging aircraft with updated technology.

The work is slated to begin this year and run through June of 2029.

The total program award is expected to ring in at around $8 billion on completion.

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