The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment to Brazil.
Under the estimated $145m programme, Brazil has requested for supply of three UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, along with eight T-700-GE-701C engines, including six installed and two spares, 12 M-134 7.62mm machine guns, and eight H765GU embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation systems.
The package also includes spare and repair parts, tools and support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, as well as other related elements of logistics support.
The helicopters are required by Brazil to fulfil its strategic commitments for additional search-and-rescue and internal security capabilities.
Specifically, the purchase is expected to upgrade Brazil’s air mobility capability and provide for the defence of vital installations and close air support for ground forces.
Approved by the US State Department, the sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to enhance the security of Brazil, which continues to serve as an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America.
Sikorsky Aircraft, General Electric Engines, and Dillon Aero Systems have been named as prime contractors for the FMS programme.
Manufactured by Sikorsky, the UH-60M is an upgraded variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, featuring improved rotor blades and advanced flight control and aircraft navigation control systems.
The multi-mission helicopter has recently been ordered by the armed forces of Tunisia and Mexico.