Saudi Arabia is to receive 17 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters valued at USD193.85 million.
The deal, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 11 January, covers eight helicopters for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) and nine for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces (RSLFASSF).
All 17 platforms will be delivered in a “unique configuration”, according to the contract notification, with work set to be complete by 31 December 2022.
With a Lockheed Martin spokesperson confirming to Jane’s that these helicopters were previously included as part of a wider Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case to Saudi Arabia, it is unclear if they represent additional or previously announced platforms. Certainly, the unit value of USD11.4 per platform suggests that the contract could be for mission modifications rather than for fully missioned helicopters.