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UH-60M sale to Mexico approved by US State Department

22nd April 2014 - 08:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico as part of a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) requested by the Mexican government on 17 April. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) puts the estimated cost of the sale, pending Congress approval, at $680 million including associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

The Mexican government has requested the 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in standard USG configuration with designated unique equipment and Government Furnished Equipment (GFE). If it goes ahead the package will also include 40 T700-GE-701D engines (36 installed and 4 spares), 42 embedded global positioning systems/inertial navigation systems (36 installed and 6 spares), 36 M134 7.62mm machine guns, 5 aviation mission planning systems, 18 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles, and 1 aviation ground power unit.

Communication security equipment including AN/ARC-210 RT-8100 series radios, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, aircraft warranty, air worthiness support, facility construction, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, site surveys, tool and test equipment will also be included; as will US government and contractor technical and logistics support services.

Mexico requested the aircraft as part of efforts to modernise its armed forces; and strengthen its capability to provide in-country airlift support for its forces engaged in counter-drug operations through the expansion of its existing army architecture.

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