U.S. State Department Approves Sale of Four AH-1Z Attack Helicopters and 12 UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopters to Czech Republic

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of four AH-1Z attack helicopters and UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters to Czech Republic under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 3.

The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO partner that is an important force for ensuring peace and stability in Europe. The proposed sale will support the Czech Republic’s need for its own self-defense and support NATO defense goals, the statement added.

The Czech Republic is considering either the UH-60M or the UH-1Y/AH-1Z to replace its aging Mi-24 helicopters. The Czech Republic intends to use these helicopters to modernize its armed forces and strengthen its homeland defense. This will contribute to the Czech Republic’s military goal of updating its capabilities while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and NATO allies.

Sales Package

The Government of Czech Republic has requested to buy four (4) AH-1Z attack helicopters, eight (8) T700-GE-701D engines (installed), eight (8) Honeywell Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) and Precise Positioning Service (PPS) (installed), and fourteen (14) AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Also included is communication equipment, electronic warfare systems, M197 20mm machine guns, Target Sight System, support equipment, spare engine containers, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $205 million.

U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper
An AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, fires an AGM-114 Hellfire missile at Range 176, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 14, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by MCIPAC Combat Camera Lance Cpl. Sean M. Evans)

The principal contractors will be Bell Helicopter, Textron, Fort Worth, Texas; and General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachusetts.

UH-60M Sales Package

The Government of Czech Republic has also requested to buy (12) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, with twenty-eight (28) T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed and 4 spares), twenty-nine (29) H-764GU Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation and Country Unique SAASM (24 installed and 5 spares), twenty-four (24) M240H machine guns, one-hundred fourteen (114) Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS), and fifteen (15) AN/AAR-57(V)3 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) (12 installed and 3 spares). Also included are four (4) Aviation Mission Planning Systems (AMPS), twenty-nine (29) AN/ARC-231 UHF/VHF Radios with RT-1808A, twenty-nine (29) AN/ARC-201D SINCGARS Airborne Radios System with RT-1478D, fifteen (15) AN/ARC-220(V)3 HF Radio, twelve (12) Federated Advanced Navigation System (FANS) with RNP/RNAV, fifteen (15) AN/APX-123 IFF with Mode 4/5 Transponder (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) AN/ARN-147(V) (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) AN/ARN-149(V) Automatic Digital Frequency (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) Tactical Airborne Navigation System (TACAN) AN/ARN-153 (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) AN/APR-39C(V)l/4 Radar Warning Receiver, fifteen (15) AN/AVR-2B(V) Laser Warning System (12 installed and 3 spares), sixty (60) Military Grade AN/AVS-6 Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), four (4) EBC-406HM Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), Aircraft Wireless Intercom System (AWIS), forty-eight (48) Machine Gun Mounts, twenty-four (24) M134D Mini Gun, four thousand (4,000) M-134 Inert Training Rounds, twenty-four (24) M-134 Power Supply Pack, twelve (12) GP-19 Machine Gun Pods, twelve (12) GAU-19B Machine Guns, twenty-four (24) M-134 Power Supply Pack, one hundred forty-four (144) M-134 Spare Barrels, four thousand (4,000) M-134 Training Rounds, twelve (12) M-134 Mount Systems, twelve (12) Packaging Crating and Handling Mount System in Support of M-134, twelve (12) M261 Rocket Launchers, one hundred thousand (100,000) 7.62MM 4 Ball M80 1 Tracer M62 Linked, five hundred one thousand (501,000) Cartridge 7.62MM 4 Ball 1 Tracer, ten thousand (10,000) Cartridge 50 Caliber Ball, ten thousand (10,000) 50 Caliber 4 Ball 1 Tracer, ten thousand (10,000) Cartridge 50 Caliber 4 Armor Piercing Incendiary 1 Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer Linked, three Hundred (300) Cartridge 25.4 Millimeter Decoy M839, four (4) Cartridge Impulse CCU-92/A, three hundred eighty-four (384) Rocket 2.75 Inch High Explosive Warhead M151 Fuze M423 Motor MK66-4, two hundred forty (240) Warhead 2.75 Inch Rocket M151HE, one hundred eighty (180) Rocket Motor 2.75 Inch MK66-4, four hundred (400) Flare Aircraft Countermeasure M206, Two (2) Airborne Command and Control Systems includes three (3) PRC-117s (two (2) as line-of-sight and one (1) as beyond line-of-sight, one (1) iridium phone, one (1) ROVER 4 (to UAS), DAGAR (GPS)), twelve (12) AN/APN-209 Radar Altimeter, twenty-four (24) Upturned Exhaust System, thirteen (13) MX-10D EO/IR Sensor with Laser Designator (12 and 1 spare), thirteen (13) IZLED 200 PIR Laser (12 installed and 1 spare), thirty (30) User Data Modules (UDM) for Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) Classified Software Updates, Machine Gun Component Spare Parts, Operation Mission Data Set (MDS) in support of the AN/APR-39C(V)l/4, twelve (12) AN/AVS-7 Heads-Up Display, aircraft warranty, air worthiness support, calibration services, spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, weapons, ammunition, night vision devices, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training devices, site surveys, tool and test equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $800 million.

U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk
A U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter transports soldiers from Bagram Airfield over Ghazni, Afghanistan, on July 26, 2004. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Vernell Hall.

The principal contractors will be Sikorsky Aircraft Company, Stratford, Connecticut; and General Electric Aircraft Company (GEAC), Lynn, Massachusetts.



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