The United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has been working on a potential foreign military sale (FMS) to Saudi Arabia, who is interested in purchasing UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters along with the associated equipment. Under this potential sale, which is estimated to value $495 million, Saudi Arabia has requested a wide selection of supplies including nine UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, 20 incorporated global positioning systems with inertial navigation systems, 21 T700-GE-701D engines (comprised of three spares and 18 installed), 12 AN/AAR-57, 20 M240H 7.62mm machine guns, as well as common missile warning systems. Additional equipment that Saudi Arabia has also requested includes M134 miniguns, aircraft survivability equipment, dual-mode controllable search lights, electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) system, external electric hoists, quick rope insertion and extraction system, dual patient litter system, internal auxiliary fuel tank system, and ballistic armor protection system.
This large encompassing package will also feature repair and spare parts, personnel training, training equipment, communications equipment, ground support equipment, tool and test equipment, logistics and technical support services, as well as other forms of program and logistic support. Serving as prime contractors for this potential FMS program will be General Electric Aircraft and Sikorsky Aircraft.
The Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC) hopes to utilize these helicopters in order to perform and provide humanitarian support, search and rescue, disaster relief, counter-terrorism, and combat operations. If this deal is approved by the United States State Department, this sale is anticipated to positively contribute to the national security objectives and foreign policy of the United States by offering aide in order to increase the security of a significant US partner for economic progress and political stability in the Middle East.
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