Ohio defense firms pick up $74+ million in new military contracts

An armed Black Hawk helicopter, powered by General Electric. Lockheed Martin image.
An armed Black Hawk helicopter, powered by General Electric. Lockheed Martin image.

A pair of big regional defense firms welcomed news of more than $70 million total in new contract work recently.

L-3 Communications Cincinnati Electronics Corp., in Mason, has been awarded a $37,063,645 U.S. Navy contract for the purchase of up to 163 M36E-T1 thermal sight systems, spares, tools and test equipment, new equipment training, manuals and more.

Work will be performed in Mason and is expected to be completed by September 2026.

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Foreign military sales of $6,001,603 to Taiwan will be obligated on the first delivery order following the contract award, the Department of Defense said.

In Cincinnati, General Electric Co., was awarded a $37,070,079 U.S. Army contract for field service representatives in support of the T700 Series helicopter engines. Modern iterations of the T700 engine, the -701D, power the latest Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk and Boeing AH-64E helicopters.

Some 20,000 T700/CT7 engines have now surpassed 100 million flight hours in nearly four decades of service, GE has said.

That contract came from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.