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Brazilian Army to get UH-60M’s

In a presentation to the Brazilian Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defense on April 17, Army Commander General Tomás Miguel Miné Ribeiro Paiva announced that the Brazilian Army will purchase 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters to replace its current fleet of eight HM-3 Cougar and four HM-2 Black Hawk helicopters.

On Friday the U.S State of Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related elements of logistics and program support for an estimated cost up to $950 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional partner that is a force for political stability and economic progress in South America.

This proposed sale of UH-60 helicopters will increase Brazil’s capability to provide troop transport, border security, medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, search and rescue, and peacekeeping support. This proposed sale will also promote the U.S. and Brazil’s goal of greater military interoperability. Brazil will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

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