ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey’s state-run news agency says U.S. helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft has won a contract worth $4 billion (2.7 billion euros).

Turkey is expanding its helicopter fleet with attack and utility helicopters, which are much needed for the battle against autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels in the rugged southeast.

The Anatolia news agency said Thursday an agreement will be signed with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford,
Connecticut, for co-production of 109 utility helicopters plus an option for 12 additional helicopters.

Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation of Hartford, Conn., won the tender over its competitor,
AgustaWestland, a unit of Italian military contractor Finmeccanica.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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