Sikorsky Wins $7.9 Billion Combat Rescue Helicopter Program Contract

The Department of the Air Force has awarded Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., of Stratford, Connecticut, 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 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 Air Force structured the contract 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. 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 October 19, 2012.

For more information, see the Department of Defense release.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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