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de Vladimir Ionescu , 19.3.2018

Romaero and American company Sikorsky, part of the Lockheed Martin group, have signed an industrial partnership agreement that will lead to the establishment of a regional centre for the endowment and maintenance of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk multi-mission helicopter, announced the Ministry of Economy.

The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Economy in the presence of the Economy Minister Danut Andrusca, the President of the Defence Committee of the Chamber of Deputies Dorel Caprar and representatives of the US Embassy in Bucharest.

“The industrial partnership between Romaero and Sikorsky (part of the Lockheed Martin group) focuses on activities that will ensure the long-term participation of several Romanian companies from the defence industry in assembling, equipping, customizing and providing maintenance for the multi-mission Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The centre in Bucharest will be the only one authorized by Lockheed Martin Group to equip and provide maintenance for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk multi-mission helicopter in Central Europe,” the ME release announced.

Sikorsky Vice President, Eric Sikorsky, believes that Romania could obtain this way the coverage needed for its strategic position:

“Our ability to provide the most viable helicopter in the fight at the surface (ASuW) and anti-submarine (ASW) could offer Romania, at the most competitive price, the coverage needed for the important strategic position it holds in the Black Sea,” said Eric Schreiber, quoted in the release.

Lockheed Martin is an important provider of NATO and the EU in the field of military equipment and delivered equipment to Romania such as F-16, air transporters C-130, Black Hawk utility helicopter, aerial surveillance, artillery and anti-missile defence systems, including Aegis Ashore.

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