SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT was awarded a $56.3 million contract by US Army Contracting Command yesterday, December 15, for an additional five UH-60M Black Hawks for the Mexican Navy. Estimated completion date for the contract is May 30, 2016.
Plans for the acquisition had first been revealed earlier this year when the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) had announced on June 24 that US State Department approval for the purchase had been granted. The DSCA also issued the required notification to Congress of the possible sale on the same day. At that time it had not been announced which branch of the Mexican Armed Forces was destined to receive these helicopters. They will join three other UH-60Ms already in Mexican Navy service. Alan Warnes