The Mexican Navy buys three Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to increase its support of maritime operations and combat anti-drug trafficking. The US State Department approved the deal worth 110 million dollars and has notified the US Congress of it on 16 March 2015.
Apart from the usual subequipment the Mexican Navy acquires six M134 7.62 mm machinge guns, three Star Safire III Forward Looking Infrared Radar systems and twelve pairs of AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles to be operated by the Black Hawk crews.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. Mexico has been a strong partner in combating organized crime and drug trafficking organizations. The sale of these UH-60M helicopters to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen its capability to provide in-country airlift support for its forces engaged in counter-drug operations,” according to the State Department.
Source: US DSCA
Featured image: An UH-60M Black Hawk with the optional wings for external payload (Image © US Army)