Poland Urged to Buy 70 Sikorsky Helicopters to Boost Defense Ties With US

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Poland should buy 70 US Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopters built by US defense contractor Lockheed Martin to further strengthen its defense ties with the United States, US Senator Chris Murphy said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Murphy is the former chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe.

"I’m thrilled Poland has restarted negotiations with Lockheed Martin," Murphy stated on Thursday. "I met with Polish Minister of Defense [Tomasz] Siemoniak last year and vigorously made the case that the US-Poland relationship would be much stronger if Poland went with the higher performing Blackhawk."

Murphy is a founder of the bipartisan US Senate Caucus on Poland, and represents the US state of Connecticut, where Sikorsky has a factory in the town of Stratford.

"I will follow these negotiations closely, and do everything I can to help Sikorsky in this process, because a new contract for 70 helicopters would mean billions of dollars in business for Sikorsky and more work for the skilled Stratford workers."

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