Latvia has signed a deal for four Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters that were approved earlier in the year, Jane’s was told on 28 November.
Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference, Jãnis Garisons, State Secretary for the Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD), said the deal was signed “about a month ago”.
In August the US cleared the Baltic nation to acquire four UH-60s, along with equipment including Talon Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) systems, spares, support, and sustainment for USD200 million.
While Garisons did not provide a delivery timeline, he said that the Black Hawks should be in service in time to replace the air force’s Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ helicopters by 2021. He added that the process to introduce the new aircraft had already begun.
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