The US has approved the sale of three UH-60M Black Hawks to Brazil. (US Army)
WASHINGTON — The US State Department has cleared a $145 million sale of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Brazil, the Pentagon agency that coordinates foreign weapon sales said Tuesday.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Monday that the State Department approved the sale.
Brazil requested three UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters with eight T-700-GE-701C engines (six installed and two spares), a dozen M-134 7.62mm machine guns, eight H765GU embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation systems, and related training, logistics and support equipment, according to the agency’s notice.
Brazil needs the aircraft to fulfill its strategic commitments for additional search-and-rescue and internal security capabilities, according to the notice. The additional aircraft will upgrade Brazil’s air mobility capability and provide for the defense of vital installations and close air support for ground forces.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of Brazil, which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America,” the notice states.
The principal contractors will be Sikorsky Aircraft (United Technologies) Corp. in Stratford, Connecticut; General Electric Engines in Lynn, Massachusetts; and Dillon Aero Systems in Mesa, Arizona.■