Mexico is planning to purchase an additional three Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale and theUS Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the proposed deal on March 16. Including associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support, the estimated cost of the contract will be $110 million.
The helicopters will be in standard US Government configuration, with designated unique equipment, Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), six H-764G Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGIs), six M134 7.62mm Machine Guns, three Star Safire III FLIR systems, three aviation mission planning systems, 12 AN/AVS-9 night vision goggles and one aviation ground power unit.
The DSCA says that the sale of these UH-60Ms to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen its capability to provide in-country airlift support for its forces engaged in counter-drug operations. Mexico intends to use them to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing naval/maritime support in its efforts to combat drug trafficking organizations. Alan Warnes