Since the U.S. government shutdown started, one-fourth of MicroTechnologies LLC’s workforce of 400 in Vienna, Virginia, has stayed home. The headquarters is like a “ghost town,” Chief Executive Officer Tony Jimenez said.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a U.S. manufacturer and designer of helicopters, is in supply talks with Motor Sich PJSC, a Ukrainian engine maker, Kommersant-Ukraine reported, citing Paul Jackson, Sikorsky’s communications director.
United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky unit, the maker of Black Hawk helicopters, protested the U.S. Navy’s plans to buy 21 Russian-made Mi17 choppers, saying U.S. manufacturers weren’t allowed to compete for the contract.
A United Technologies Corp. Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs to Osama Bin Laden ’s hideout was downed by an air vortex caused by unexpectedly warm air and the effect of a high wall surrounding the compound, not mechanical failure or gunfire, according to U.S. officials and a lawmaker.