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More local coverage on the Marine One contract award: (link will probably only work for today)

U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., said Sikorsky would likely get an order to build more than 70 UH-60 Blackhawk military helicopters.

On Friday, the U.S. Navy awarded the lucrative Marine One contract to Owego's Lockheed Martin for a fleet of 23. The new chopper will be based on a European design and some parts will be built by foreign contractors, but at least two-thirds of the work will be performed in the United States and final assembly will be performed in Owego.

And you'll love this one, Tom.

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said the fight would continue to bring the presidential helicopter contract back to Sikorsky.

The congressional delegation plans to seek a meeting with the secretary of the Navy and demand an explanation. The company also can appeal the decision to the U.S. General Accounting Office.

Explanation was already given, publicly, at the award announcement.


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