US State Dept approves 12 Black Hawks for Sweden

US State Dept approves 12 Black Hawks for Sweden


(Editor note – assuming this goes through, it would add to the current Swedish fleet of 15.  This was the first European nation to buy the Black Hawk)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Sweden of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $900 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Sweden has requested to buy twelve (12) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters; thirty (30) T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed, 6 spares); and seventeen (17) AN/AAR-57 common missile warning systems (CMWS). The following is also included: AN/APR-39C(V)1/4 radar warning receivers; AN/AVR-2B laser detecting sets; AN/ARN-149(V) low frequency automatic direction finder radio receivers; AN/ARN-153 tactical air navigation systems (TACAN) receiver transmitters; AN/APN-209 radar altimeters; EBC-406HM emergency locator transmitters (ELT); Enhanced Ballistic Armor Protection Systems (EBAPS); Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tank Systems (IAFTS); Fast Rope Insertion Extraction Systems (FRIES); external rescue hoists (ERH); rescue hoist equipment sets; Martin Baker palletized crew chief and gunner seats with crashworthy floor structural modifications; aircraft fire extinguisher cartridge; impulse cartridge; thruster TCU-3/A; helmets; transportation; organizational equipment; spare and repair parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is $900 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

The proposed sale will improve Sweden’s capability to deter current and future threats and support coalition operations and the United States’ and Sweden’s goal of greater military interoperability. Sweden will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, located in Stratford, CT. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require approximately fifteen (15) U.S. Government and/or fifteen (15) contractor representatives to travel to Sweden for an extended period for equipment de-processing/fielding, system checkout, training, and technical and logistics support.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

The description and dollar value are for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.

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