Lockheed Martin’s planned $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) ultimately could be more defining for Lockheed, the Pentagon’s leading prime contractor, than helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky or even the rotorcraft market. With the July 20 announcement that Lockheed will buy Sikorsky, the latter essentially enjoys a soft landing from what was an uncertain and — for the U.S. Defense Department  — potentially fraught ...

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