Lockheed Martin buying Sikorsky Aircraft for $9B

Defence contractor plans to add the helicopter manufacturer to its mission systems and training unit.

July 20, 2015
by The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Lockheed Martin is buying Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion.

United Technologies Corp. said in June that it planned to shed Sikorsky, either through a sale or spinoff. The aerospace and building systems conglomerate wants to focus on high-technology systems and services for the aerospace and building industries.

Aside from Black Hawk helicopters, Sikorsky makes presidential helicopters. Sikorsky helicopters have also returned astronauts home after they splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at the end of their space travels.

Lockheed Martin Corp. said it plans to add Sikorsky to its mission systems and training unit. The Bethesda, Maryland, defence contractor expects to fund the acquisition with cash on hand and new debt issuances.

United Technologies, based in Hartford, Connecticut, said that it plans to use the sale’s proceeds for additional stock buybacks.

The deal is targeted to close by the end of the year or in 2016’s first quarter.

© 2015 The Associated Press

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