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CPI Aerostructures lands contract for Black Hawk helicopter windows

CPI Aerostructures Inc., the Edgewood-based aircraft parts maker,

CPI Aerostructures Inc., the Edgewood-based aircraft parts maker, said Tuesday that it had received a five-year contract to manufacture windows for Black Hawk helicopters. Credit: AP

CPI Aerostructures Inc., the Edgewood-based aircraft parts maker, said Tuesday that it had received a five-year contract to manufacture Black Hawk helicopter windows.

The company did not disclose the value of the contract, from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. of Stratford, Conn. CPI’s overall orders are up 3 percent in 2012, to $63.8 million, compared to this point last year.

Black Hawk helicopters are used by the military for troop transports, medical evacuations, electronic warfare, attack, assault support and special operations. More than 3,000 are in use, in 29 countries.

The aircraft’s gunner windows are located behind the pilot seat and slide open for use by machine gun operators. CPI is scheduled to manufacture and deliver the windows between 2013 and 2018.

With 157 full-time employees, CPI Aero makes a variety of aircraft parts for defense contractors, the U.S. Air Force and other branches of the armed forces.

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