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State Department OKs Potential $1.2B MH-60R Helicopter Sale to Mexico

The State Department has approved a potential $1.20 billion foreign military sale of eight MH-60R multimission helicopters, equipment and support services to Mexico.

Lockheed Martin‘s (NYSE: LMT) rotary and mission systems business will serve as the principal contractor for the sale meant to help increase Mexico’s threat deterrence and homeland defense capacities, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Thursday.

The proposed deal includes 20 T-700 GE 401 C engines, 16 APS-153(V) multimode radars, 10 airborne low frequency systems, 14 AN/APX-123 identification friend or foe transponders, 12 AN/AAS-44C multispectral targeting systems forward looking infrared systems, 20 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems with selective availability/anti-spoofing module, 30 AN/AVS-9 night vision devices and 12 AN/ARC-220 high frequency radios.

Mexico also requested for 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys, 10 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 II rockets, 30 Mk-54 lightweight hybrid torpedoes, 12 M-240D machine guns and 12 GAU-21 machine guns.

Support services cover 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; engineering, technical and logistics support services; and related logistics and program support.

U.S. government and contractor representatives will be deployed to Mexico as part of the FMS agreement.

MH-60R is designed to primarily support anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions as well as perform secondary missions such as vertical replenishment, communications relay and search-and-rescue operations.

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