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Lockheed (LMT) Wins Deal to Aid H-60 & H-53 Series Jets

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Lockheed Martin Corp.’s LMT business unit, Sikorsky Aircraft, recently clinched a contract to support the H-60 and H-53 series helicopters. The award has been provided by the Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, Patuxent River, MD.

Details of the Deal

Valued at $26.1 million, this contract is projected to be completed by September 2027. Per the terms of the deal, Sikorsky will offer engineering technical field services to aid the installation, operation and maintenance of the H-60 and H-53 series helicopters.

The majority of the work will be carried out in Okinawa, Japan; North Hanover, NJ; Atsugi, Japan; Rota, Spain; San Diego, California and Apra Harbor, Guam.

Benefits of the Contract

Countries across the globe have been reinforcing their military resources due to intense geopolitical tensions and amplified terrorist threats.

Among other combat arsenals and weaponries, military helicopters have also been gaining importance owing to advancements and integration of new tactical, logistical features. This has provided ample opportunities for Lockheed Martin to win production and modification contracts for helicopters in recent times. The latest contract is a bright example of that.

Such contract wins are likely to drive revenues from the Rotary and Mission Systems business segment, which comprises the Sikorsky helicopters.

Prospects

The United States, the largest exporter of military weaponries worldwide, continues to strengthen its military resources. This is quite evident from the fiscal 2023 budget proposal worth $773 billion put forward by the Biden administration for the Department of Defense, with a $56.5 billion planned investment in combat aircraft. The defense budget request reflects a 4.1% increase from the fiscal 2022 enacted amount.

Such solid budgetary provisions should benefit Lockheed along with other defense manufacturers like Northrop Grumman NOC, Boeing BA and Textron TXT, which also have expertise in manufacturing military aircraft.

Since its inception, Northrop Grumman has been a pioneer in the development of manned aircraft for combat. Northrop Grumman also has a tradition of providing technological leadership in all aspects of military aviation and aircraft, such as manned, unmanned, targeting, surveillance, and aircraft self-protection systems that enable warfighters to accomplish missions anytime, anywhere and under any conditions.

Northrop Grumman boasts a long-term earnings growth rate of 2.2%. The stock has gained 38.7% in the past year.

Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security segment’s primary products include fixed-wing military aircraft, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-15 programs, P-8 programs, KC-46A Tanker, and T-7A Red Hawk. This segment also produces rotorcraft and rotary-wing programs such as CH-47 Chinook, AH-64 Apache and V-22 Osprey.

BA stock boasts a long-term earnings growth rate of 4%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings implies growth of 14.8% from the 2021 reported figure.

Textron’s business unit, Textron Aviation Defense, designs, builds and supports versatile and globally known military aircraft preferred for training and attack missions. Some of Textron’s renowned products include Beechcraft T-6C trainer and AT-6 Wolverine.

Textron boasts a long-term earnings growth rate of 12.5%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for TXT’s 2022 sales indicates a 6% improvement from the 2021 reported figure.

Price Movement

In the past year, shares of Lockheed have gained 21.4% against the industry’s 32.6% decline.

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Zacks Rank

Lockheed Martin currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.


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