Sweden: FMV signs contract for 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

By Defence Industry Europe

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has announced the signing of an intergovernmental contract with the United States for the delivery of 12 UH-60M Black Hawk multi-role helicopters.

 

While the value of the contract was not disclosed by Stockholm, it is estimated to be around $900 million. The U.S. Department of State approved the sale of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Sweden, including a comprehensive package of additional equipment such as engines, communication systems, and missile warning systems, at the end of May this year. The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) had announced that the U.S. government’s approval was in response to a request for quotation from Sweden, which was valued at the aforementioned amount.

The UH-60M Black Hawks are well-known to Sweden’s Baltic neighbors. The Swedish Armed Forces currently operate 15 of these helicopters, which were ordered in 2011. These helicopters have been utilized in international operations, including medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan.

 

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According to FMV, the acquisition of the new UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters aims to enhance the defensive capabilities of the Swedish Armed Forces and build additional capacity for cooperation with allied forces within NATO.

UH-60M helciopters are manufactured by Sikorsky, a subsidiary of the American defence giant Lockheed Martin.

 

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