Photo: Jakub Hałun / Wikimedia
Lithuania intends to purchase from USA six helicopters UH-60M Black Hawk (“Black hawk down”), which will replace the Soviet Mi-8. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to BNS.
It is noted that the purchase amount is 300 million euros, and part of this amount will cover the United States itself. In Washington looking for opportunities to Finance this transaction with funds from the program security support. The transaction goes directly through the us government and involves not only helicopters, but also training of personnel, delivery of spare parts and required for the operation of machinery.
It is expected that the contract will be signed before the end of 2019, and the first helicopters will arrive in Lithuania for the next four years. The need for procurement due to the fact that Lithuania operated the Mi-8 will soon run your life, and now cost the country too much. In addition, the situation is complicated by difficulties with spare parts procurement in Russia. Other helicopters in the Dauphin, which was acquired earlier, is aimed primarily for rescue and observation missions.
Previously, the helicopter of the Lithuanian air force (IAF) took part in the operation to rescue Russian sailors. The signal with the request for assistance came to the Center of coordination of rescue at approximately 2 a.m. on October 18. For rescue operations, the air force of Lithuania took to the air multi-purpose helicopter “Dauphin”, which took on Board the Russians and taken to a hospital in klaipėda.
Video, photo All from Russia.