Pentagon confirms UH-60M helicopters for the Mexican Navy

 

Picture: http://www.sikorsky.com

The US Department of Defense has confirmed that the Mexican Navy will receive at least three Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters next year.

Since the UH-60M are not “naval-oriented helicopters”, Sikorsky will convert them to meet the Mexican Navy requirements. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) announced that Sikorsky was awarded a US $36,580,000 contract to conduct the transformation work.

It has been said that the UH-60M (naval-converted) will conduct CSAR, Drug Trafficking Interdiction and other Special Operations missions. The Mexican Navy will be the very first international user of these state-of-the-art helicopters.

UH-60M Cockpit layout
Picture: J.D. Leipold/Army News Service

Addendum: The project (acquisition of platforms and transformation to naval requirements) will have a total cost of approximately US $70 million.  Funds will be provided by the Merida Initiative Counter-narcotics effort.

2 thoughts on “Pentagon confirms UH-60M helicopters for the Mexican Navy”

  1. According some information from Mexican TV, the Mexican Navy received Three Helicopters from USA as part of Merida Initiatiave. Do you know something about it?

    Thanks in advanced…BS

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