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US State Department approves $1.9 billion Black Hawk sales for Sweden and Austria

30th May 2024 - 11:38 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Sweden already operates Black Hawks and has requested more. (Photo: Swedish Armed Forces)

Foreign Military Sales (FMS) have been approved for 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to both Sweden and Austria. The announcements follow the approval of 12 to Brazil on 24 May, Greece signing for the procurement 35 of the helicopters in April and FMS approval to Croatia for eight aircraft in January.

Sikorsky will add another two dozen UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to its production line after the US State Department approved the possible sale of 12 aircraft to both Austria and Sweden on 29 May.

Sweden’s deal, worth an estimated cost of US$900 million, will include 30 T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed, 6 spares) and 17 AN/AAR-57 common missile warning systems (CMWS).

The deal also included AN/APR-39C(V)1/4 radar warning receivers, AN/AVR-2B laser detecting sets, AN/ARN-149(V) low-frequency automatic direction finder radio receivers, AN/ARN-153 tactical air navigation (TACAN) systems receiver transmitters, AN/APN-209 radar altimeters and EBC-406HM emergency locator transmitters (ELT).

Austria’s deal was valued

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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