Lockheed Martin Makes A Sale To Thailand

By Giovanni Santacroce

Lockheed Martin Makes A Sale To Thailand

August 8, 2011 Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 3:46 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The clouds cleared away for an early take off at Lockheed Martin this morning.

Two MH-60 Sierra helicopters are on their way to the Royal Thailand Navy.

Both helicopters left Lockheed Martin's Owego facility around 9:30 A.M. on Monday.

Workers added a new communications radio and an air traffic control upgrade for the aircraft.

The helicopters will be used in Thailand's search and rescue program and on utility missions.

This marks Lockheed Martin's first international sale of the MH-60 Sierra helicopter internationally.

"This is the start of something big. It comes on the heels of the Australian wind," said George Barton, Director of Naval Helicopter Programs for Lockheed Martin. "So we're very excited abut what's going on here in Owego and very happy to see these aircrafts off to Thailand."

The aircraft will land in Baltimore Maryland and then take a ferry to their destination.