The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil, involving UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related logistics and programme support.

The deal, valued at up to $950 million, includes an initial acquisition of $450 million in Major Defense Equipment, and up to $500 million in additional equipment and services. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of this potential sale.

The Brazilian government has requested to purchase twelve (12) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, along with thirty-four (34) T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed, 10 spares), and twenty-eight (28) EAGLE-M Embedded Global Position Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) or functional equivalent (24 installed, 4 spares).

Additionally, the sale includes twenty-four (24) AN/ARC-231A radio systems.

Non-major defence equipment (non-MDE) in the deal comprises:

  • AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loader (SKL)
  • KIV-77 Common Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) crypto appliques
  • APX-123A IFF transponders
  • ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) or functional equivalents
  • ARC-220 high-frequency airborne communication systems or functional equivalents with KY-100M
  • VRC-100 advanced high-frequency ground/vehicular communications systems
  • ARN-147 navigation receivers
  • ARN-149 low-frequency automatic direction finders
  • ARN-153 advanced digital Tactical Airborne Navigation (TACAN) receiver-transmitters
  • APN-209 radar altimeter systems
  • AN/ARC-210 Gen 6 very high-frequency/frequency modulation radios
  • AN/AVR-2B(V) laser warning systems (provisions only)
  • Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES)
  • M-134D-H minigun systems
  • Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS)
  • Aviation Ground Support Equipment (AGSE)
  • HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmets (RWH)
  • Advanced Sight Display Computers (ASDC)
  • Common Display Interface Units (CDIU)
  • Wide Color Day Display Module (WCDDM)
  • Wide Color Night Display Module (WCNDM)
  • ADS-B Out capability
  • Integrated Area Navigation (I-RNAV)
  • RDR-7000 weather radar systems
  • External rescue hoists
  • Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS)
  • Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES)
  • EBC-406HM Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT)
  • Aircrew Combat Equipment (ACE)
  • Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tank System (IAFTS)
  • Technical assistance and logistics support services
  • Publications and other related elements

The full notice reads:

“The Government of Brazil has requested to buy twelve (12) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters; thirty-four (34) T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed, 10 spares); twenty-eight (28) EAGLE-M Embedded Global Position Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) or functional equivalent (24 installed, 4 spares); and twenty-four (24) AN/ARC-231A radio systems.

The following non-MDE is also included: AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loader (SKL), KIV-77 Common Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) crypto appliques, APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders; AN/ARC-231 radio systems; ARC-201D Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) or functional equivalents; ARC-220 high frequency airborne communication systems or functional equivalents with KY-100M; VRC-100 advanced high frequency ground/vehicular communications systems; ARN-147 navigation receivers; ARN-149 low frequency automatic direction finders; ARN-153 advanced digital Tactical Airborne Navigation (TACAN) receiver-transmitters; APN-209 radar altimeter systems; AN/ARC-210 Gen 6 very high frequency/frequency modulation radios; AN/AVR-2B(V) laser warning systems (provisions only); Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES); M-134D-H minigun, mount, power supply, and ammunition handling systems gun and mount accessories package; contractor-provided gun and mount accessories, including spare parts, in support of the M-134D-H minigun systems; Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS); Aviation Ground Support Equipment (AGSE); HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmets (RWH); Advanced Sight Display Computers (ASDC); Common Display Interface Units (CDIU); Wide Color Day Display Module (WCDDM); Wide Color Night Display Module (WCNDM); ADS-B Out ability; Integrated Area Navigation (I-RNAV); RDR-7000 weather radar systems; external rescue hoists; Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS); Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES); EBC-406HM Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT); Aircrew Combat Equipment (ACE); Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tank System (IAFTS); technical assistance and logistics support services; publications; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is up to $950 million.”

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin.

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DB
DB (@guest_822555)
1 day ago

God in heaven. When that is listed, you no longer have to wonder how much new kit really costs!

Jacko
Jacko (@guest_822557)
1 day ago

So you buy the bog standard aircraft and then have to bolt on all the ‘extras’!

A&Daccountant
A&Daccountant (@guest_822570)
1 day ago

Wow, 12 helicopters plus all the stuff you’d expect for a helicopter comes in at almost $80m per unit! Half of which is acquisition alone. My condolences to the Brazilian tax payer.

FormerUSAF
FormerUSAF (@guest_822586)
1 day ago
Reply to  A&Daccountant

Dated design that some, nonetheless, have judged to remain viable/functional. Acquisition cost, as listed, would be a significant concern…🤔😳😱

Chris
Chris (@guest_822662)
1 day ago
Reply to  A&Daccountant

The actual buy is 37.5m per aircraft. The additional cost is maintenance support, including some weapons.

Jack
Jack (@guest_822599)
1 day ago

Suddenly the F35 seems like a bargain.

John
John (@guest_822634)
1 day ago

Shafted.

Coll
Coll (@guest_822640)
1 day ago

Are these helicopters used /seller refurbished by a careful previous owner?

DanielMorgan
DanielMorgan (@guest_822944)
17 hours ago
Reply to  Coll

The original plan was to purchase used US Army Blackhawks but that was not followed. These are brand new choppers.

Aaron L
Aaron L (@guest_823089)
1 minute ago
Reply to  Coll

Low miles, one old lady owner