US: The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has revealed that Mexico has requested the sale of 18 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters from the United States government. The requested sale is valued at USD 680million, and includes associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. "The sale of these UH-60M helicopters to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen its capability to provide in-country airlift support for its forces engaged in counter-drug operations," said a spokesperson from DSCA.
The UH-60M is the newest Black Hawk variant in service with the US Army; it incorporates more powerful and reliable General Electric T700-GE-701D engines, enhanced rotor blades and a fully digital glass cockpit. According to the notification, the helicopters will be delivered to Mexico in the standard US government configuration, with additional equipment including embedded GPS/INS navigation systems; M134 7.62mm machine guns; mission planning systems; AN/AVS-9 night vision goggles; and AN/ARC-210 RT-8100 series radios. Once in service, these helicopters will be operated by the Mexican Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Mexicana – FAM), Navy (Armada de México – AdM), or Federal Police (Policía Federal – PF).