FMS: Brazil Seeks UH-60L Helicopters


Released on Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Brazil
United States of America
M134 Minigun
T700-GE-701C
UH-60L Blackhawk
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
On September 7, 2002, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) involving UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to Brazil as well as associated equipment and services.

The government of Brazil requested a potential sale of 10 UH-60Ls, 20 T700-GE-701C engines, 25 spare T700-GE-701C spare engines, 22 7.62mm M134 machine guns, search and rescue equipment, litters and hoists, spare and repair parts, tools and support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, contractor engineering and technical support and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated value of this FMS, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $250 million.

Brazil would use the UH-60Ls to fulfill its commitments for search and rescue and self-defense within the region without being dependent upon assistance of other countries. The Army of Brazil will improve its air mobility while gaining additional close air support capability installing small caliber guns aboard these helicopters.

There are no known offset agreements related to this potential FMS. Sikorsky and General Electric will be the principle contractors for above noted aircraft and engines. The US Congress approval of this FMS is mandatory in order to conclude the sale of UH-60L helicopters to Brazil.

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