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Sensors heading for Middle Eastern UH-60s

31st August 2016 - 15:50 GMT | by Helen Haxell in London


An undisclosed Middle Eastern country is to receive eight Wescam MX-10D EO/IR designating turrets, L-3 Communications has announced.

The delivery of the payloads, which started in June this year, is part of a US FMS contract to equip eight UH-60M Black Hawks. Deliveries to OEM Sikorsky are anticipated to take place into February 2017.

According to L-3’s release, the MX-10Ds will be utilised by the unnamed customer in ‘support of counterterrorism operations from its newly-acquired UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters’.

The MX-10D is a multi-sensor, multispectral targeting system with four-axis stabilisation and can be used for long range, high altitude missions. The sensor payload can range from 8 to 25in.

The application of the MX-10D EO/IR designating turrets on board the UH-60s was welcomed by Steve Kantor president at L-3’s electronic systems division because it was demonstrative of the company moving into the Middle Eastern market.

‘This is a key win in an important and emerging international market, L-3 Wescam has a well-established record of providing innovative technologies that give our customers the distinct advantage needed for their security operations,’ Kantor said.

Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan are scouting for military solutions to tackle the insurgency felt by Daesh on the ground near the countries’ borders.

In October last year, the Pentagon approved the prospective FMS for nine UH-60M Black Hawks to Saudi Arabia. The multimillion contract of $495 million also included associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

Riyadh requested a major arms package in 2010 that included a total of 72 Black Hawks, in addition to AH-64 Apaches, AH-6is and MD 530Fs.

Helen Haxell


Helen Haxell

Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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