Israel  gets SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support for already bought Sea Hawks

Israel  gets SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support for already bought Sea Hawks 7 July, 2016

It is learnt that Israel requested 8 ex US Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopters via FMS to be used on board 4 new frigates. The formal request was not declared but the request to receive Sea-Hawk Helicopter equipment and support unrevealed the trade.

US Defence And Security cooperation agency internet page announced the request as “Israel - Excess SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support” and said following;

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for Excess SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter equipment and support. The estimated cost is $300 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 5, 2016.

The Government of Israel has requested to procure twelve (12) T-700 GE 401C engines (ten (10) installed and two (2) spares), eight (8) AN/APN-194(V) Radar Altimeters; eight (8) AN/APN-217A Doppler Radar Navigation Sets; eight (8) AN/ARN-15l (V)2 Global Positioning Systems; eight (8) AN/APX100(V) Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponder Sets; eight (8) OA-8697 A/ARD Direction Finding Groups; eight (8) AN/ARN-118(V) NAV Receivers; eight (8) AN/ARN-146 On Top Position Indicators; sixteen (16) IP-1544A/ASQ-200 Horizontal Situation Video Displays (HSVD); eight (8) AN/ARC-174A (V)2 HF Radios; sixteen (16) AN/ARC182(V) UHF/UHF Radios; eight (8) PIN 70600-81010-011 Communication System Controllers; eight (8) GAU-16 50 Calibre Machine Guns; eight (8) M-60D/M-240 Machine Guns; eight (8) Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tanks; sixteen (16) External Auxiliary Fuel Tanks; and eight (8) C-11822/AWQ Controllers, Armament System. Also included are spares and repair parts, support and test equipment, communication equipment, ferry support, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $300 million.

Israel has been approved to receive eight (8) SH-60F Sea Hawk Helicopters via the Excess Defence Articles (EDA) Program under a separate notification. That separate notification included only the SH-60 airframes, thus this transmittal includes all the major components and customer-unique requirements requested to supplement the EDA grant transfer.

Israel has purchased four new frigates to secure the Leviathan Natural Gas Field. The SH-60F helicopters will be used on board these new frigates to patrol and protect these gas fields as well as other areas under threat.

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