U.S. Air Force Awards Combat Rescue Helicopter Contract to Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin Team

As the U.S. Air Force continues to face the most complex battlefields, its aircraft must be capable of performing demanding personnel recovery missions, including combat rescue and casualty evacuation. On June 26, 2014, the Air Force awarded the Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin team $1.2 billion to provide the next-generation combat rescue helicopter fleet. The Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin team will deliver the most advanced capabilities with 112 aircraft to modernize the aged fleet and support all services in combat.

“The Combat Rescue Helicopter program will equip service men and women with modernized mission systems and special equipment for the combat rescue mission, which is essential to sustaining the United States Air Force’s core service function of personnel recovery,” said Dale P. Bennett, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems and Training business. “We are proud to expand our long-standing relationship with the U.S. Air Force and Sikorsky, providing a new aircraft system capable of performing the vital personnel recovery missions, including combat rescue and casualty evacuation.”

The team offered Sikorsky’s CRH-60 helicopter, which was based on the UH-60M (Black Hawk) baseline. Lockheed Martin will outfit the aircraft with its mission planning system, defensive systems, data links, mission computers, adverse weather sensors and system integration of all CRH-unique subsystems.