Czech Republic approved for Viper, Black Hawk helicopter purchases

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Czech Republic approved for Viper, Black Hawk helicopter purchases
By Allen Cone
MAY 7, 2019

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the California Army National Guard's B Company lands to refuel at Camarillo Airport in Camarillo, Calif., on December 9, 2017. The helicopters spent the day dropping water on the Thomas Fire. Photo by SrA Crystal Housman/U.S. Air National Guard | License Photo


May 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has approved two possible contracts with Czech Republic worth more than $1 billion for AH-1Z Viper and UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sales for the Black Hawk and Viper helicopters and related equipment in foreign military sales last week.

The proposed sales will support the Czech Republic's "need for its own self-defense and support NATO defense goals," according to the agency. They also will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States "by improving the security of a Major Non-NATO ally which is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," according to the agency.

The Czech Republic is considering the UH-60M or the UH-1Y/AH-1Z to replace its aging Mi-24 helicopters to modernize its armed forces and strengthen homeland defense and deter regional threats, DSCA said.

The nation wants to buy 12 Black Hawk helicopters at a cost of $800 million, along with 28 engines, 29 GPS systems, 24 machine guns, 114 advanced precision kill weapons systems and 15 common missile warning systems. Also included are weapons and ammunition, communications equipment, logistics and program support, and training.

Sikorsky Aircraft Company and General Electric Aircraft Company are the the principal contractors.
The UH-60M Blackhawk aircraft serves U.S. military and the armed forces of other countries worldwide as a tough and reliable utility helicopter.

"During the last 40 years, this remarkable aircraft has fought its way in and out of countless combat zones to deliver and extract troops, save lives as a MEDEVAC or casualty evacuation platform, provide critical supplies to troops, deliver emergency supplies during natural disasters, and perform as an aerial firefighter and border patroller," Lockheed Martin, the parent company of Sikorsky, said on its website.

The Czech Republic is also looking to buy four Viper helicopters, eight engines, eight GPS systems,14 Hellfire missiles and M197 20mm machine guns. Also included are communications equipment, logistics and program support, and training.

Bell Helicopter Textron and General Electric Company are the principal contractors.

The Viper, which is based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, was developed for the U.S. Marine Corps as part of the H-1 upgrade program. It first flew in 2000.

The AH-1Z Viper, unlike other attack helicopters, has integrated air-to-air strike capability as well as superior air-to-ground anti-armor performance.

"This capability set makes the AH-1Z the ideal platform to meet the requirements of land warfare scenarios in any of the potential hot spots around the world," Bell said of the rotorcraft.

 

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Czech Republic – UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters
Transmittal No:
19-17


WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Czech Republic of twelve UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $800 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Czech Republic has requested to buy (12) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, with twenty-eight (28) T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed and 4 spares), twenty-nine (29) H-764GU Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation and Country Unique SAASM (24 installed and 5 spares), twenty-four (24) M240H machine guns, one-hundred fourteen (114) Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS), and fifteen (15) AN/AAR-57(V)3 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) (12 installed and 3 spares). Also included are four (4) Aviation Mission Planning Systems (AMPS), twenty-nine (29) AN/ARC-231 UHF/VHF Radios with RT-1808A, twenty-nine (29) AN/ARC-201D SINCGARS Airborne Radios System with RT-1478D, fifteen (15) AN/ARC-220(V)3 HF Radio, twelve (12) Federated Advanced Navigation System (FANS) with RNP/RNAV, fifteen (15) AN/APX-123 IFF with Mode 4/5 Transponder (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) AN/ARN-147(V) (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) AN/ARN-149(V) Automatic Digital Frequency (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) Tactical Airborne Navigation System (TACAN) AN/ARN-153 (12 installed and 3 spares), fifteen (15) AN/APR-39C(V)l/4 Radar Warning Receiver, fifteen (15) AN/AVR-2B(V) Laser Warning System (12 installed and 3 spares), sixty (60) Military Grade AN/AVS-6 Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), four (4) EBC-406HM Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), Aircraft Wireless Intercom System (AWIS), forty-eight (48) Machine Gun Mounts, twenty-four (24) M134D Mini Gun, four thousand (4,000) M-134 Inert Training Rounds, twenty-four (24) M-134 Power Supply Pack, twelve (12) GP-19 Machine Gun Pods, twelve (12) GAU-19B Machine Guns, twenty-four (24) M-134 Power Supply Pack, one hundred forty-four (144) M-134 Spare Barrels, four thousand (4,000) M-134 Training Rounds, twelve (12) M-134 Mount Systems, twelve (12) Packaging Crating and Handling Mount System in Support of M-134, twelve (12) M261 Rocket Launchers, one hundred thousand (100,000) 7.62MM 4 Ball M80 1 Tracer M62 Linked, five hundred one thousand (501,000) Cartridge 7.62MM 4 Ball 1 Tracer, ten thousand (10,000) Cartridge 50 Caliber Ball, ten thousand (10,000) 50 Caliber 4 Ball 1 Tracer, ten thousand (10,000) Cartridge 50 Caliber 4 Armor Piercing Incendiary 1 Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer Linked, three Hundred (300) Cartridge 25.4 Millimeter Decoy M839, four (4) Cartridge Impulse CCU-92/A, three hundred eighty-four (384) Rocket 2.75 Inch High Explosive Warhead M151 Fuze M423 Motor MK66-4, two hundred forty (240) Warhead 2.75 Inch Rocket M151HE, one hundred eighty (180) Rocket Motor 2.75 Inch MK66-4, four hundred (400) Flare Aircraft Countermeasure M206, Two (2) Airborne Command and Control Systems includes three (3) PRC-117s (two (2) as line-of-sight and one (1) as beyond line-of-sight, one (1) iridium phone, one (1) ROVER 4 (to UAS), DAGAR (GPS)), twelve (12) AN/APN-209 Radar Altimeter, twenty-four (24) Upturned Exhaust System, thirteen (13) MX-10D EO/IR Sensor with Laser Designator (12 and 1 spare), thirteen (13) IZLED 200 PIR Laser (12 installed and 1 spare), thirty (30) User Data Modules (UDM) for Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) Classified Software Updates, Machine Gun Component Spare Parts, Operation Mission Data Set (MDS) in support of the AN/APR-39C(V)l/4, twelve (12) AN/AVS-7 Heads-Up Display, aircraft warranty, air worthiness support, calibration services, spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, weapons, ammunition, night vision devices, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training devices, site surveys, tool and test equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $800 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO partner that is an important force for ensuring peace and stability in Europe. The proposed sale will support the Czech Republic's need for its own self-defense and support NATO defense goals.

The Czech Republic is considering either the UH-60M or the UH-1Y/AH-1Z to replace its aging Mi-24 helicopters. The Czech Republic intends to use these helicopters to modernize its armed forces and strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats. This will contribute to the Czech Republic's military goal of updating its capabilities while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and NATO allies. The Czech Republic will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors will be Sikorsky Aircraft Company, Stratford, Connecticut; and General Electric Aircraft Company (GEAC), Lynn, Massachusetts. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale may require the assignment of an additional three U.S. Government and five contractor representatives in country full-time to support the delivery and training for approximately two-five years.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.

 

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Czech Republic – AH-1Z Attack Helicopters
Transmittal No: 19-34


WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Czech Republic of four AH-1Z attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $205 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Czech Republic has requested to buy four (4) AH-1Z attack helicopters, eight (8) T700-GE-701D engines (installed), eight (8) Honeywell Embedded Global Positioning Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) and Precise Positioning Service (PPS) (installed), and fourteen (14) AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Also included is communication equipment, electronic warfare systems, M197 20mm machine guns, Target Sight System, support equipment, spare engine containers, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $205 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO partner that is an important force for ensuring peace and stability in Europe. The proposed sale will support the Czech Republic's need for its own self-defense and support NATO defense goals.


The Czech Republic is considering either the UH-60M or the UH-1Y/AH-1Z to replace its aging Mi-24 helicopters. The Czech Republic intends to use these helicopters to modernize its armed forces and strengthen its homeland defense. This will contribute to the Czech Republic's military goal of updating its capabilities while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and NATO allies. The Czech Republic will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors will be Bell Helicopter, Textron, Fort Worth, Texas; and General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachusetts. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips by U.S. Government and contractor representatives to participate in program and technical reviews plus training and maintenance support in country, on a temporary basis, for a period of twenty-four (24) months. It will also require three (3) contractor representatives to reside in country for a period of two (2) years to support this program.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.

 

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