US gov approves sale of 2 Black Hawks to Croatia for $115 million

The United States Department of Defense Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Croatia of two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $115 million.

DSCA also noted that it has sent the required certification to US Congress on October 30.

The Black Hawk Helicopters will be in standard USG configuration with designated unique equipment and Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), up to nine (9) each T700-GE-70 ID engines, and up to nine (9) each H-764GU/Embedded Global Positioning/Inertial Navigation (EGI) as requested by Croatia.  

“Also included are Communication Security equipment including an AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder, AN/ARC-201D RT-1478D, and AN/ARC-231 RT-1808A radios, aircraft warranty, air worthiness support, calibration services, spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, weapons, ammunition, night vision devices, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training devices, site surveys, tool and test equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical  and program support,” the DSCA said.

DSCA explained that the “proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally.”

“The sale of these UH-60 helicopters to Croatia will significantly increase its capability to provide troop lift, border security, counterterrorism, medical evacuation, search and rescue, re-supply/external lift, and combat support.  These UH-60 helicopters will allow for interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces in rapid response to a variety of missions and quick positioning of troops with minimal helicopter assets,” it added.