Mexico cleared to buy Seahawk helicopters

The U.S. State Department has ok’d the potential sale of eight MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Mexico.

The potential sale, announced Thursday by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, has a potential pricetag of $1.2 billion. DSCA announcements do not represent final sales; the Senate must sign off on the agreement, and then formal negotiations can begin, during which details often change.

In addition to the eight Sikorsky-made MH-60R platforms, the deal includes 20 T-700 GE 401 C engines, 16 APS-153(V) multi-mode radars, 30 AN/AVS-9 night vision devices and a collecting of other radios and sensors. The deal also covers a package of armaments, including a thousand AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys, 10 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, 38 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) II rockets, 30 Mk -54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedoes, 12 M-240D machine guns and 12 GAU-21 machine guns.

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