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PZL Mielec Lands U.S. Army Contract
July 30, 2012   
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Aircraft maker PZL-Mielec, based in the southeastern Polish city of Mielec, will produce helicopter parts for the U.S. Army, under a contract signed with the firm’s owner, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, during a Polish-American Economic Summit in June.

PZL Mielec will manufacture cockpits and tail booms for Black Hawk helicopters. The value of the contract may reach up to $350 million if all optional extras are ordered. Under the five-year contract, Sikorsky Aircraft, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, has the option of ordering up to 250 cockpits from PZL Mielec for the UH-60M version and the same number of tail booms and pylons for the UH-60M and HH-60M Medevac version of the Black Hawk. The exact quantities will depend on how many helicopters are sold to the U.S. Army.

Mick Maurer, president of the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, said that PZL Mielec was an increasingly important supplier of cockpits and tail booms for the Black Hawk program conducted by the U.S. Army.

Over the past three years PZL Mielec has proved that the aircraft parts it produces meet the highest standards, he added.

Since 2009 PZL Mielec has manufactured nearly 100 cockpits, 75 tail booms and 75 pylons for Black Hawk helicopters. PZL Mielec also produces the international military version of the helicopter, the S-70i, which Sikorsky Aircraft sells to the armed forces of other countries. Since 2009, when the production line was launched, PZL Mielec has made 12 such helicopters.
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