The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 MH-60S helicopters as well as associated
equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be
as high as $246 million.
The Government of Thailand has requested a possible sale of 6 MH-60S
helicopters, 14 T700 engines, spare and repair parts, 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 $246 million.
The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) requires the helicopters to fulfill utility lift
requirements. Thailand's need to enhance its maritime defense and disaster
relief capabilities was highlighted during the recent tsunami search and rescue
operations. The proposed sale will improve Thailand's mobility capability and
enhance its ability to work with the United States and coalition partners during
contingencies. It will contribute to the U.S. foreign policy and national
security by helping to improve the security of an ally that has been and
continues to be an important force in the counter narco-terrorist mission.
Thailand, which already has UH-60 helicopters in its inventory, will have no
difficulty absorbing these additional aircraft.
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 Corporation Stratford,
Connecticut; Lockheed Martin Federal Systems Owego, New York; General Electric
Corporation Stratford, Connecticut.
There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential
When the helicopters arrive, implementation will require up to 10 U.S.
contractor representatives for periodic short-term visits not to exceed three
months for each visit. One field service representative will be available for up
to two years in Thailand.
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