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Brazilian Army began receiving new Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, version M, replacing old models and increasing operational efficiency

14 May 2024 to 17: 27
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Brazilian Army began receiving new Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, version M, replacing old models and increasing operational efficiency
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As part of a significant modernization, the Brazilian Army is incorporating two new Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk version M helicopters. This upgrade will replace older models, such as the Black Hawk and Cougar, facing operational difficulties. In addition to strengthening maneuver and special operations capabilities, the acquisition aims to standardize the fleet, improving logistics and technological efficiency through the United States Foreign Military Sales program.

The Brazilian Army, following its Strategic Aviation Program Maneuver Capability Project, acquired twelve new UH-60 Black Hawk version M helicopters. This modernization comes to replace the old Black Hawks and Cougar helicopters, which no longer participate meet the needs operational and technological aspects of the armed forces.

The chairs were acquired through the United States' Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, highlighting the ongoing partnership between the two countries in defense and military technology. The operation of these new aircraft will be shared between up to three Army Aviation Battalions, locations to be defined by the Army General Staff (EME).

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Brazilian Army is also in negotiations with the USA to modernize current helicopters

In terms of logistics and maintenance, Ordinance No. 1301-EME/C Ex, issued on April 23, has already authorized the deactivation of the HM-2 Black Hawk and HM-3 Cougar. Parts from these aircraft will be reused to maintain the models that will continue in service.

In addition to acquiring new units, the Brazilian Army is also in negotiations with the US to modernize the current UH-60 L Black Hawk helicopters to the M version, which offers significant improvements in avionics, systems and payload capacity.

Technical details of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Version M

Capacity: carry up to eleven passengers or a combination of cargo and crew, with two pilots. Performance: maximum speed of around 280 km/h, range of 600 km and service ceiling of 6.000 meters.

Quests: ideal for troop transport, medical evacuation, special operations and search and rescue. Historic: The Black Hawk has been in service since the 70s, proving to be one of the most reliable and versatile aircraft in international military operations. The M version is an update with more than five thousand units produced and exported to at least 35 countries.

This renewal of the helicopter fleet not only strengthens the capacity operational capacity of the Brazilian Army, but also ensures that Brazil continues to have one of the most advanced and effective aviation corps in Latin America.

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