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Thailand Signs LOA To Be First In Southeast Asia To Operate UH-60M Helicopters

Royal Thai Army To Acquire Two Black Hawk Helos From Sikorsky

Sikorsky announced Monday that the Royal Thai Army has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to acquire two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters through the United States Government's Foreign Military Sales channel. Upon delivery, Thailand will become the first member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to fly the very latest version of the Black Hawk helicopter operated by the U.S. Army.

The UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter incorporates a variety of enhancements including a digital glass cockpit, advanced flight control system, a state-of-the-art communications suite, full night vision device capability for night operations, and other improvements that reduce pilot workload, increase lift, and provide better protection and enhanced survivability. Sikorsky expects to deliver its 500th UH-60M helicopter to the U.S. Army this summer.

"The Black Hawk helicopter is the standard by which all military utility helicopters are judged, and the UH-60M represents the very latest, most comprehensively equipped model that we have ever developed and delivered to the United States government. More nations are increasingly discovering its multi-mission value, outstanding performance record, and durability even in the harshest and most hostile environments," said Samir Mehta, President of Sikorsky Military Systems. In May 2011, Sweden became the first European country to acquire UH-60M aircraft.

In August 2011, Thailand also became the first country outside the United States to take delivery of Sikorsky's latest version of the naval Black Hawk utility helicopter, the MH-60S helicopter. The two new "Sierra" aircraft acquired by the Royal Thai Navy are designed for utility missions, such as logistics and troop transport. In addition, the standard searchlight and rescue hoist will enable aircrew to perform search and rescue missions.

More than 3,000 Black Hawk helicopters of all variants are in use today, operating in 30 countries.

(Image provided by Sikorsky)

FMI: www.utcaero.com

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