Schumer Visits Lockheed to Celebrate Chopper Contract

Published 07/02 2014 04:47PM

Updated 07/02 2014 05:10PM

Lockheed Martin in Owego is celebrating a new billion dollar contract to build a new fleet of helicopters.

The combat rescue choppers will be for the Air Force.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressmen Tom Reed and Richard Hanna were at Lockheed late this afternoon helping Lockheed highlight the upcoming work.

About $1.25 billion has been secured for the first phase of the contract.

Eventually, the entire project could be worth $8 billion as more than 100 helicopters are slated to be built.

Lockheed will equip each chopper with high-tech missions systems.

Its partner is Sikorsky Aircraft.

"What this will provide for us is the opportunity to demonstrate what this great team does with a different customer, the Air Force. So, as the general manager of the site, I can't be prouder than today, having now won the president's helicopter program, about 45 days ago we had that ceremony, and then the announcement today," said Dan Spoor.

The new jobs are the result of securing the recent contracts and because of work being brought to Owego from Ohio.

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