US approves sale to Brazil of 12 UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters

The State Department of United States (US) has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related elements of logistics and program support for an estimated cost up to $950 million.

This includes initial acquisition of $450 million in Major Defense Equipment, and up to $500 million in other equipment and services.

Noteworthy, Brazil has requested to buy:-

  • twelve (12) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters
  • thirty-four (34) T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed, 10 spares)
  • twenty-eight (28) EAGLE-M Embedded Global Position Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) or functional equivalent (24 installed, 4 spares)
  • twenty-four (24) AN/ARC-231A radio systems

The following non-MDE is also included: AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loader (SKL), KIV-77 Common Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) crypto appliques, APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders; AN/ARC-231 radio systems; ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) or functional equivalents; ARC-220 high frequency airborne communication systems or functional equivalents with KY-100M; VRC-100 advanced high frequency ground/vehicular communications systems; ARN-147 navigation receivers; ARN-149 low frequency automatic direction finders; ARN-153 advanced digital Tactical Airborne Navigation (TACAN) receiver-transmitters; APN-209 radar altimeter systems; AN/ARC-210 Gen 6 very high frequency/frequency modulation radios; AN/AVR-2B(V) laser warning systems (provisions only); Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES); M-134D-H minigun, mount, power supply, and ammunition handling systems gun and mount accessories package; contractor-provided gun and mount accessories, including spare parts, in support of the M-134D-H minigun systems; Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS); Aviation Ground Support Equipment (AGSE); HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmets (RWH); Advanced Sight Display Computers (ASDC); Common Display Interface Units (CDIU); Wide Color Day Display Module (WCDDM); Wide Color Night Display Module (WCNDM); ADS-B Out ability; Integrated Area Navigation (I-RNAV); RDR-7000 weather radar systems; external rescue hoists; Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS); Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES); EBC-406HM Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT); Aircrew Combat Equipment (ACE); Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tank System (IAFTS); technical assistance and logistics support services; publications; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The estimated total cost is up to $950 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional partner that is a force for political stability and economic progress in South America.

Also, this proposed sale of UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters will increase Brazil’s capability to provide troop transport, border security, medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, search and rescue, and peacekeeping support.

Fuhrer, this proposed sale will also promote the U.S. and Brazil’s goal of greater military interoperability.

Brazil will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, located in Stratford, CT.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require approximately 15-30 U.S. Government and/or contractor representatives to travel to Brazil.