The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated $200 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Friday.
The Government of Latvia has requested to buy four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in standard USG configuration with designated unique equipment and Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), ten (1T700-GE-701D engines and ten Embedded Global Positioning Systems/Inertial Navigation Systems. Also included is one Aviation Mission Planning System, five Talon Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR), ten AN/ARC-201D/E, ten AN/ARC-231 radios, five AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder, five AN/ARC-220 Radios and twenty AN/AVS-6 Helmet Mounted Night Vision Devices.
These UH-60 helicopters will allow for interoperability with U S and NATO forces in rapid response to a variety of missions, and quick positioning of troops with minimal helicopter assets.
The sale of these UH-60 helicopters to Latvia will significantly increase its capability to provide troop lift, border security, anti-terrorist, medical evacuation, search and rescue, re-supply/external lift, and combat support in all weather.
The prime contractors will be Sikorsky Aircraft Company in Stratford, Connecticut; and General Electric Aviation Company (GEAC) in Lynn, Massachusetts. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.
The United States handed over two Black Hawk attack helicopters to Jordan Sunday, being the last batch of 12 machines Washington gave to the Middle East country under a security assistance program. An American embassy statement said the aircraft "will strengthen the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF), its Quick Reaction Force and Jordan's security"
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