SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT has been awarded a contract for a further two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The company was awarded a $21,757,443 contract for the helicopters on October 6, by US Army Contracting Command.
The deal exercises an option that was part of the $2.8 billion multi-year deal signed with Sikorsky on July 11, 2012, covering eventual purchase of 916 UH-60/MH-60 helicopters for the US Army, US Navy and other agencies, as well as Foreign Military Sales. Completion of the contract for the two new FBI UH-60Ms is expected by September 30, 2015.
At the Paris Air Show on June 15, 2009, Sikorsky had announced that it had delivered the first UH-60M to the FBI, which at the time became the first customer for the new variant after the US Army. By the end of that year, a further two had been delivered to the FBI’s part of its rotary-wing fleet modernisation programme. It is unconfirmed whether any additional UH-60M orders for the FBI had been placed prior to yesterday’s contract.
The FBI Critical Incident Response Group’s Tactical Helicopter Unit (THU) at Quantico, Virginia, which has the mission of providing counter-terrorism, critical incident and weapons of mass destruction aviation support to the FBI, operates the current UH-60Ms. The THU is also responsible for performing FBI tactical helicopter support to the Hostage Rescue team and other specialised programmes within the Bureau. Other rotary-wing equipment flown by the THU includes Bell 407 and Bell 412 helicopters. Alan Warnes