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Latvia signs for Black Hawk helos

30 November 2018

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.

Seen during a joint US-UK exercise, the Black Hawk should be in Latvian service in time for the retirement of the Mi-17 in 2021. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)Seen during a joint US-UK exercise, the Black Hawk should be in Latvian service in time for the retirement of the Mi-17 in 2021. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

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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