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Seven ‘unique’ Black Hawks for Mexico

Sikorsky has been contracted to supply seven ‘uniquely’ configured UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Mexico, according to a statement made by the US Department of Defense on Tuesday 12 April. The contract is worth 54 million USD – and does not further disclose what apparently makes the choppers unique. 

Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, and should be complete in February 2019. In 2014, Mexico already ordered 18 UH-60M Black Hawks and in 2015 the country purchased three more Black Hawks for anti-drug operations. It is not immediately clear if the contract announced on Tuesday involves modifications to helicopters ordered earlier, or newly produced Black Hawks.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): An UH-60M Black Hawk. (Image © US Army)

More Black Hawks for US Army

The US has ordered 35 more Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks for the US Army, a statement released by the Pentagon said on 8 March. The contract is worth 387 million USD. Deliveries are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The helicopters will be built in Stratford, Connecticut, where many of roughly 4,000 Black Hawks already produced also originate from. Sikorsky was taken over by Lockheed Martin in 2015 but will continue to design, sell and manufacture helicopters under its own name. The company is one of the most reputable helicopter manufacturers worldwide.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Two UH-60 Black Hawks. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

Eight Black Hawks for Jordanian border security

Jordan on 3 March took delivery of the last of eight Sikorsky (Lockheed Martin) Black hawk medium transport helicopters. They are tools for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) in securing Jordan’s borders against Daesh forces in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, both Jordan and US officials said during the handover ceremony at Marka airbase in Amman.

The US cofunded the helicopters and sees them as  vital assets against possible insurgents in Jordan. The country is host to Western military aircraft taking parting part in missions over Syria and Iraq.

The handover also marked six decades of relations between the US and Jordan. According to sources, eight more Black Hawks should arrive in 2017 against a cost of 200 million USD. Together, the helicopters operate as a Quick Reaction Force for border security.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: Some of the Black Hawks at Marka airbase. (Image © RJAF)


Sea Hawk gets nearer for Denmark

Delivery of the first Danish MH-60R Sea Hawk moved closer on Thursday 22 October, as the aircraft was handed over to the US Navy at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, New York. Denmark in 2012 announced it acquired a total of nine MH-60R aircraft to conduct missions such as surveillance, search and rescue, anti-piracy and anti-surface warfare.

Prior to being delivered to the Royal Danish Air Force, the helicopter enters a series of tests with the US Navy to validate Danish configuration modifications. The first aircraft will be delivered to Denmark in the second quarter of 2016, and the full fleet will be delivered by 2018.

Denmark is the second international partner in the MH-60R program, following the Royal Australian Navy. To date, Lockheed Martin has delivered a total of 14 of 24 Australian aircraft ahead of schedule. The remaining 10 aircraft will be delivered in 2016.

Source: Lockheed Martin
Featured image: The Danish MH-60R during the ceremony in Owego. (Image © Lockheed Martin)

Canadian Cyclones accepted

Canada accepted the first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters on Friday 18 June. The helicopters arrived at Shearwater airbase just outside Halifax. In the end, 28 Cyclones replace the CH-124 Sea King helicopters that fulfilled Canadian SAR duties for five decades.

Replacement of the trusty Sea King has been a headache for years in Canada. The AgustaWestland EH101 was meant to replace the old helo, but that contract was cancelled after a change of government. It resulted in a new contract for Sikorsky for 28 CH-148 Cyclones.

The new chopper is however not without problems. The Cyclone proved underpowered at first and unable of running its gearbox for 30 minutes without oil, a requirement set by Canada. The order was almost cancelled, but subsequent trials have set Canada at ease. Sikorsky and the Canadian Armed Forces conducted sea trials with the CH-148 Cyclone on HMCS Halifax between December 2014 and May 2015. The Cyclone conducted 67 sorties, including 322 landings and takeoffs from the frigate.

Before the end of the year, two more Cyclones will be delivered and the first two Sea Kings retired. The year 2018 should see the final end for the Sea King.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): A CH-148 Cyclone (Image © RCAF/Sikorsky)