The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Brazil of S-70 helicopters as well as associated
equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be
as high as $300 million.
The Government of Brazil has requested a possible sale of six (6) S-70B
helicopters, 13 T-700-401C engines, spare and repair parts, communications and
support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and
training equipment, contractor engineering and technical support services and
other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $300 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security
of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country
which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability
and economic progress in South America.
Brazil needs these helicopters to fulfill its strategic commitments for search
and rescue and self-defense within the region. The Brazilian Armed Forces'
possession of an enhanced capability to conduct search and rescue operations,
maritime interdiction operations, and provide other types of maritime support
reduces requirements for U.S. forces. This procurement also will enable the
Brazilian Navy to be interoperable with U.S. forces on routine training
exercises and deployments in support of peacekeeping security operations. Brazil
plans to use this equipment to augment or replace existing SH-3 helicopters.
Brazil will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic
military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be: Sikorsky Aircraft (United Technologies)
Corporation of Stratford, Connecticut and General Electric Engines of Lynn,
Massachusetts. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with
this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale may require the assignment of two
contractor representatives in Brazil for a period of up to three years.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this
proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not
mean that the sale has been concluded.
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