U.S. State Dept. approves possible foreign military sale of four Black Hawks to Latvia
WASHINGTON. The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million.
State Department documents say that the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally, allow for interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces in rapid response to a variety of missions, and enable quick positioning of troops with minimal helicopter assets.
The sale of these UH-60 helicopters to Latvia, say State Department officials, will significantly increase the country's capability to provide troop lift, border security, antiterrorist, medical evacuation, search and rescue, resupply/external lift, and combat support in all weather; Latvia intends to use these helicopters to modernize its armed forces and provide multimission support in the region.