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US Thumbs Up Potential $1.9B Sale of Black Hawk Helicopters to Greece

US Thumbs Up Potential $1.9B Sale of Black Hawk Helicopters to Greece

The U.S. Department of State has endorsed a proposed $1.9 billion foreign military sale of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Greece.

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Athens’ shopping list includes 35 UH-60M Black Hawks and 80 T700-GE 701D engines.

Seventy engines will be shipped installed with the helicopters while 10 units will be delivered as spares.

The Greek government will also buy the necessary components to operate and maintain the military aircraft, including critical support services such as personnel training and training equipment, engineering and technical services, and logistics and program support.

DSCA said the possible FMS deal aligns with U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives of bolstering the defense capabilities of an important NATO ally.

Greece’s enhanced military power is a necessary element to support political stability and economic progress in Europe, the agency noted.

According to a report from the Aerotime news website, the upcoming procurement will replace the Greek Land Forces’ Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters, which Greece wants to retire.

DSCA identified Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, as the principal contractor for the proposed deal.

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