Saudi Arabian National Guard Orders 12 UH-60Ms

A FURTHER 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks have been ordered for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). US Army Contracting Command awarded a $30,351,927 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation yesterday, August 19, for procurement of these helicopters.

The deal is a modification to the $2.8 billion multi-year contract awarded to the manufacturer on July 11, 2012, for up to 916 UH-60/MH-60 helicopters for the US Army, US Navy and FMS customers. Estimated completion date for the new contract is August 31, 2017.

The SANG is seeking a total of 72 UH-60Ms, according to a US Defense Security Co-operation Agency notification to Congress on October 20, 2010. These form part of a $25.6 billion package of helicopter acquisitions in order to establish an air arm for the SANG. A Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the first 24 UH-60Ms was signed on November 30, 2011. In addition, a contract was awarded to Sikorsky on December 20, 2013, to modify eight UH-60Ms (presumably from this initial batch) to a ‘General Service Configuration’ for the SANG.

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