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