The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of four UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment to Latvia for an estimated cost of $200 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Aug. 3, 2018.
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 T700-GE-701D engines (8 installed and 2 spares), ten Embedded Global Positioning Systems/Inertial Navigation Systems (8 installed and 2 spares).
Also included is one Aviation Mission Planning System, five Talon Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) (4 production and 1 spare), ten AN/ARC-201D/E (8 production and 2 spares), ten AN/ARC-231 radios (8 production and 2 spares), five AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder (4 production and 1 spare), five (5) AN/ARC-220 Radio (4 production and 1 spare), 20 AN/AVS-6 Helmet Mounted Night Vision Devices, aircraft warranty, air worthiness support, spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, ground support equipment, site surveys, tool and test equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
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 ally. 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. Latvia intends to use these helicopters to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing Army architecture in its efforts to provide multi-mission support in the region.
The prime contractors will be Sikorsky Aircraft Company in Stratford, Connecticut; and General Electric Aviation Company (GEAC) in Lynn, Massachusetts.