Turkey’s procurement authorities are hoping that a recently signed US $3.5 billion contract with US helicopter maker Sikorsky will not only earn the local industry critical capabilities and support the country’s indigenous helicopter program, but also bring in more than $1 billion in revenue through exports.

“This is a win-win deal. The contractors’ gains may be financial or corporate, but we hope ours will be financial and strategic,” said one senior procurement official familiar with the program.

The contract, signed Feb. 21, involves the co-production in Turkey of an initial batch of 109 T-70 Black Hawk utility helicopters, the Turkish version of Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-70 Black Hawk International. Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), said the total production figure will eventually reach 300. […]