The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks plus loads of ammunition to Tunisia. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 23 July 23, 2014.
Once concluded the deal will include 6 spare T700-GE-701D engines, 26 Embedded Global Positioning Systems/Inertial Navigation Systems, 24 M134 7.62mm Machine Guns, integration of Precision Guided Rocket System capability to permit launch of laser-guided variants of 2.75 rockets, 9,100 2.75 Hydra Rockets, 100 AGM-114R Hellfire Missiles, 20 M299 Hellfire Missile Pods, 24 M261 Hydra-70 Rocket Pods, 24 GAU-19 .50 cal Machine Guns, 15 Wescam MX-15Di or Brite Star II Electro-Optical Infrared Laser Designators, 6 Aviation Mission Planning Systems, 1 Aviation Ground Power Unit, 30 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles, 15 AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems, 15 AN/APR-39A(V)4s Radar Warning Receivers, 15 AN/AVR-2B(V)1s Laser Warning Systems, 30 MXF-4027 Very High Frequency/Ultra High Frequency radios, 15 AN/APX-117 IFF Transponders, 15 Very High Frequency/Digitally Selective Calling radios, 15 ARN-147 VOR/ILS, 15 AN/ARN-153 Tactical Air Navigation Systems, and 15 AN/ARC-220 radios.
The shipment is meant as a foreign aid package worth US$ 700 million. “This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country in North Africa”, one reads in the DSCA’s press release. The choppers will be newly produced by Sikorsky in Stratford, Connecticut.
Source: US DSCA
Featured image: Sweden was the first export customer for the UH-60M Black Hawk. Seen here in June 2012 during a tactical assault demonstration at F3 Linköping-Malmen AB (Image © Marcel Burger)