Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. received a contract from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. valued at more than $8.5 million.

Under the deal, Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) said it will design and develop maintenance training systems for the CH-53K heavy lift replacement helicopter.

Kratos will provide a full-fidelity maintenance training device suite as well as a helicopter emulation maintenance trainer, which will be delivered to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.

The Marines want to put the helicopter into service by 2019.

Sikorsky is part of United Technologies Corp., which also owns the former Goodrich Aerostructures business in Chula Vista.

— SDBJ Staff Report