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 STRATFORD — The U.S. Army and U.S. Navy have ordered 102 helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Defense Department awarded $772 million for 41 UH-60M helicopters and 23 HH-60M helicopters for the Army, and $535.3 million for eight MH-60S helicopters and 29 MH-60R helicopters for the Navy.

The work will be performed in Stratford, where Sikorsky is headquartered.

The contract awards are a continuation of an overall $8.4 billion contract, according to a statement from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal's office.

The Navy had earlier planned to cancel the purchase of the 29 MH-60R helicopters next fiscal year, which elicited a protest from Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He argued it would hurt military readiness and would have resulted in a $250 million contract termination charge to the government, according to a statement.