US Approves Sale of Eight MH-60Rs to Mexico

US Navy MH-60R Seahawk 168110 ‘AB-705’ assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 72 (HSM-72) ‘Proud Warriors’ takes off from the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean on February 27, 2018. Mexico has been given US State Department approval to buy eight MH-60Rs. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kaysee Lohmann

US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of eight Sikorsky MH-60R multi-mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.20 billion.  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the approval yesteday, April 19, saying that it had delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18.

In addition to the eight MH-60Rs, the request from the Government of Mexico is for 20 T-700 GE 401 C engines (16 installed and four spares); 16 APS-153(V) multi-mode radars (eight installed, eight spares); ten Airborne Low Frequency Systems (ALFS) (eight installed and two spares); 14 AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe transponders (eight installed and six spares); 12 AN/AAS-44C Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Forward Looking Infrared Systems (eight installed and four spares); 20 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (16 installed and four spares); 30 AN/AVS-9 night vision devices; 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys; ten AGM-114 Hellfire missiles; five AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training missiles; four AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles; 38 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) II rockets; 30 Mk -54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedoes (LHTs); 12 M-240D machine guns and 12 GAU-21 Machine Guns.

Also included are 12 AN/ARC-220 High Frequency radios; spare engine containers; facilities study, design, and construction; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communication equipment; ferry support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and programme support.

The DSCA stated that the sale of these helicopters to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen its maritime capabilities.  Mexico intends to use the MH-60Rs to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing naval and maritime support of national security requirements and in its efforts to combat criminal organizations.  The MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter will enable Mexico to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions and secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay.