THE US Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to expand its fleet of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. One additional UH-60M for delivery to the FBI was ordered from Sikorsky by US Army Contracting Command through a $21.76 million contract awarded on June 25. The deal also included another UH-60M for the US Army. Estimated contract completion date is September 30, 2015.
The FBI had been the first customer outside the US Army to order the latest UH-60M variant of the Black Hawk. The manufacturer had announced on June 15, 2009, that it had delivered the first FBI UH-60M. A further two followed by the endo of that year and two more were ordered on October 6, 2014, both of which are scheduled for delivery by the end of September 2015. With the latest order, this brings total known FBI UH-60M orders to six.
The UH-60Ms are operated by the Critical Incident Response Group’s Tactical Helicopter Unit (THU), which has the mission of providing counter-terrorism, critical incident and weapons of mass destruction aviation support to the FBI. The THU, headquartered at Quantico, Virginia, is the aviation entity exclusively charged with performing FBI tactical helicopter support to the Hostage Rescue team and specialised programmes within the Bureau. The THU also operates Bell 407 and Bell 412 helicopters. Alan Warnes