The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the potential $300m foreign military sale (FMS) of SH-60F Sea-Hawk helicopter equipment and support to Israel.
Approved by the US State Department, Israel has requested for up to twelve T-700 GE 401C engines, ten installed and two spares; eight AN/APN-194(V) radar altimeters; eight AN/APN-217A doppler radar navigation sets; and eight AN/ARN-15l (V)2 global positioning systems.
The proposed deal also covers eight AN/APX100(V) identification friend or foe (IFF) transponder sets, eight OA-8697 A/ARD direction finding groups, eight AN/ARN-118(V) NAV receivers, eight AN/ARN-146 on top position indicators, sixteen IP-1544A/ASQ-200 horizontal situation video displays (HSVD), and eight AN/ARC-174A (V) two HF radios.
Additionally, the sale involves the delivery of 16 AN/ARC182(V) UHF/UHF radios; eight PIN 70600-81010-011 communication system controllers; eight GAU-16 50 calibre machine guns; eight M-60D/M-240 machine guns; eight internal auxiliary fuel tanks; 16 external auxiliary fuel tanks; and eight C-11822/AWQ controllers, armament system.
Under a separate notification, Israel has also been approved to procure eight SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopters through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) programme.
The sale is expected to help improve Israel’s ability to meet current and future threats.
The SH-60F Sea-Hawk helicopter for Israel is expected to conduct troop / transport deployment, communications relay, gunfire support, and search-and-rescue.
It will also be engaged in secondary missions, such as vertical replenishment, combat search-and-rescue, and humanitarian missions.
Israel intends to use the capability to combat regional threats and to boost its homeland defence.
Image: A SH-60B Seahawk2 helicopter. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman James R. Evans.