Mexico requests $1.2bn sale of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters from US

23 April 2018 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2018 11:52)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters to Mexico.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters to Mexico.

The estimated $1.2bn sale was requested by the Government of Mexico and has been approved by the US State Department.

Mexico has requested the acquisition of eight units of the MH-60R multi-mission helicopters equipped with 20 T-700 GE 401 C engines, 16 APS-153(V) multi-mode radars and ten airborne low frequency systems (ALFS) as part of the proposed deal.

"The proposed sale of MH-60R helicopters is intended to significantly improve and strengthen Mexico’s maritime capabilities, providing the country with the ability to address current and future threats."

The sale would also include 14 AN/APX-123 identification friend or foe (IFF) transponders and 12 AN/AAS-44C multi-spectral, forward-looking infrared targeting systems.

Furthermore, the requested helicopter fleet will be equipped with 20 embedded global positioning system / inertial navigation systems (EGI) with selective availability / anti-spoofing modules, 30 AN/AVS-9 night vision devices, 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys, ten AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and five AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training missiles, as well as four AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles.

Additional equipment outlined for the proposed FMS includes 38 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) II rockets, 30 Mk -54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedoes (LHTs), 12 M-240D machine guns, 12 GAU-21 machine guns, 12 AN/ARC-220 High Frequency radios and spare engine containers.

The proposed sale of MH-60R helicopters is intended to significantly improve and strengthen Mexico’s maritime capabilities, providing the country with the ability to address current and future threats from enemy weapon systems.

The new fleet will enable the country to conduct anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions, as well as secondary operations such as vertical replenishment, search and rescue and communications relay.

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been cited as the potential principal contractor for the possible sale.