US to supply additional UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of additional UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment to Mexico.
Under the estimated $225m sale, Mexico has requested five UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in standard US Government (USG) configuration, along with designated unique equipment and government furnished equipment (GFE).
Additional equipment includes 40 T700-GE-701D engines, including ten installed and three spares, 12 embedded global positioning systems / inertial navigation systems, with ten installed and two spares, ten M134 7.62mm machine guns, five Star Safire III forward-looking infrared radar systems, one aviation mission planning system, and one aviation ground power unit.
Approved by the US State Department, the package also covers communication equipment, including AN/ARC-210 RT-8100 series radios, identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, aircraft warranty, air worthiness support, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, as well as other related elements of programme, technical and logistics support.
The UH-60M helicopters are expected to significantly enhance and strengthen Mexico's capability to provide in-country airlift support for its forces engaged in counter-drug missions.
In addition, the defence articles and services will also be used for the modernisation of the Mexican Armed Forces, while strengthening the country's efforts to combat drug trafficking organisations.
The sale also contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Mexico, which has been a strong partner in combating organised crime and drug trafficking organisations.
Sikorsky Aircraft and General Electric Aircraft Company (GEAC) have been selected as the prime contractors for the FMS programme.
Last month, Mexico had requested 18 UH-60M Black Hawks, along with related equipment, under an estimated $680m deal.
Image: A UH-60M Black Hawk multi-mission helicopter of the US Army. Photo: courtesy of Mrs Michelle Kennedy (Drum).