One thing should be clear from the outset: The Pentagon chose poorly. The Army’s decision to replace the Black Hawk helicopter with one from Texas-based Bell as the next generation long-range assault aircraft was the wrong call. Sikorsky, the Stratford-based company that produces Black Hawks and was also bidding for its replacement, would have been the better choice.
The decision having been made, however, Sikorsky must now look to the future. The Lockheed Martin subsidiary remains in a strong position with a variety of other valuable contracts for helicopters now and into the future. But there’s no question that this decision stings.