Tom Reed Praises Local Workforce on Presidential Helicopter Contract
Tom Reed is praising the local workforce following an announcement that the Owego Lockheed Martin facility will play a key role in manufacturing the next fleet of presidential helicopters. Lockheed Martin, in conjunction with Sikorsky Aircraft, won the U.S. Navy’s contract to build Marine One helicopters. The contract award of more than $1.2 billion sustains and creates 200 jobs in Tioga County.
“This exciting contract is further confirmation that the quality of our local workforce is unmatched,” Reed said. “Our workforce has a long history of advanced manufacturing and delivering safe, reliable products. The confidence the United States Navy is placing in our region means 200 jobs are secured during this long-term contract. It is a well-deserved award and I am confident Lockheed employees will continue to deliver the highest-quality products.”
Reed advocated strongly on behalf of Lockheed Martin for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program during the recent Department of Defense appropriations process.
Lockheed Martin will install integrated communications and mission systems at its Owego facility. The company’s Mission Communications Systems and Advanced Capability Systems will be installed in the new fleet that will ultimately replace the current fleet with 21 state-of-the-art operational aircraft.
Lockheed Martin has over 40 years of experience working with Sikorsky and will continue partnering with the company through 2023, when the operational fleet is scheduled to be completed.