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US State Department Approves Sale of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters to Sweden

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US State Department Approves Sale of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters to Sweden

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Swedish Air Force UH-60M Black Hawk (Helicopter 16, Hkp 16)) utility helicopter.
Swedish Air Force UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopter.

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Sweden of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $900 million. The Government of Sweden has requested to buy twelve (12) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters; thirty (30) T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed, 6 spares); and seventeen (17) AN/AAR-57 common missile warning systems (CMWS). The proposed sale will improve Sweden’s capability to deter current and future threats and support coalition operations and the United States’ and Sweden’s goal of greater military interoperability. Sweden will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, located in Stratford, CT. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.

The following is also included: AN/APR-39C(V)1/4 radar warning receivers; AN/AVR-2B laser detecting sets; AN/ARN-149(V) low frequency automatic direction finder radio receivers; AN/ARN-153 tactical air navigation systems (TACAN) receiver transmitters; AN/APN-209 radar altimeters; EBC-406HM emergency locator transmitters (ELT); Enhanced Ballistic Armor Protection Systems (EBAPS); Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tank Systems (IAFTS); Fast Rope Insertion Extraction Systems (FRIES); external rescue hoists (ERH); rescue hoist equipment sets; Martin Baker palletized crew chief and gunner seats with crashworthy floor structural modifications; aircraft fire extinguisher cartridge; impulse cartridge; thruster TCU-3/A; helmets; transportation; organizational equipment; spare and repair parts; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

Swedish Air Force Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk (Helicopter 16, Hkp 16) utility helicopters. (Photo by Jenny Collin/Forsvarsmakten)
Swedish Air Force Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk (Helicopter 16, Hkp 16) utility helicopters. (Photo by Jenny Collin/Forsvarsmakten)

Swedish Air Force (Svenska flygvapnet) requested 15 UH-60M helicopters by Foreign Military Sale in September 2010. The UH-60Ms were ordered in May 2011, and deliveries began in January 2012. In March 2013, Swedish ISAF forces began using Black Hawks in Afghanistan for MEDEVAC purposes. The UH-60Ms have been fully operational since 2017. Sweden designates it Helicopter 16 (Hkp 16). In November 2022, the Strategic Defence Plan was published in which it was announced that all NH90 helicopters will be phased out and replaced, additional Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters will be ordered for the tactical transport role, a new medium sized helicopter for the ASW/ASuW role will be selected.

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-blade, twin-engine, medium-lift utility military helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army’s Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61. Named after the Native American war leader Black Hawk, the UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army’s tactical transport helicopter. This was followed by the fielding of electronic warfare and special operations variants of the Black Hawk. Improved UH-60L and UH-60M utility variants have also been developed.

Swedish Air Force UH-60M Black Hawk (Helicopter 16, Hkp 16) utility helicopter.
Swedish Air Force Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk (Helicopter 16, Hkp 16) utility helicopters. (Photo by Jenny Collin/Forsvarsmakten)

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