Subscribe Free
in Defence / Features

Tunisia completes Black Hawk purchase

Posted 26 June 2019 · Add Comment

The US Army’s Security Assistance Command (USASAC) has completed the delivery of a $338 million foreign military sales (FMS) package of eight Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated training and support to Tunisia, writes Jon Lake.

The USASAC’s core mission is to increase the military capabilities of countries that share similar security goals with the US.
The UH-60Ms were ordered by Tunisia in 2015. Four of the helicopters were delivered in June 2017, and four more followed in June 2018.
The USASAC and the contracting authority ¬– Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama – followed a total package approach in accordance with the USA’s new security assistance enterprise mission. This is designed to ensure that partner countries are fully trained on how to use and maintain equipment purchased from the US, and to build trust and create long-term partnerships that will underpin future interoperability and cooperation.
The package for Tunisia included training an initial aircrew cadre at Fort Rucker, Alabama, for pilots, instructor pilots and standardisation pilots; while helicopter crew chiefs and maintainers underwent training at a number of US Army schools. This helped to build Tunisian capabilities, and promises to ensure that Tunisia and the US will use the same operating and maintenance procedures, further increasing interoperability during any future combined missions.
Joint US and Tunisian teams were responsible for introducing the UH-60M into Tunisian service, even down to unloading the new helicopters from the transport aircraft which delivered them, and assembling and flight-testing the UH-60Ms.
Melissa Black, senior FMS case manager for the US Army Aviation and Missile Command Security Assistance Management Directorate’s (AMCOM SAMD) Tunisia UH-60M programme, highlighted the excellent partnership and cooperation between the various programme partners. “The Tunisian Air Force has extremely hard working and knowledgeable personnel who were able to articulate the requirements related to the varied mission profiles,” she said.
The Black Hawks will improve the north African nation’s ability to deter regional threats – including violent extremist organisations, piracy and smuggling, while strengthening homeland defence capabilities, as well as supporting counterterrorism and border security operations.
 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Emirates SkyCargo launches freighter flights to Guadalajara

Emirates SkyCargo will be commencing twice weekly scheduled cargo flights to Guadalajara, Mexico, from the first week of October 2020.

Qatar Airways operates Honeywell’s Ultraviolet Cabin Cleaning Technology

Qatar Airways has become the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System, further advancing its hygiene measures onboard. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various

Opening the door to the future

Two years after it first opened, Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) at Dubai South is looking forward to reopening when given the go-ahead.

Istanbul Airport construction documentary released

A documentary film narrating the story of Istanbul Airport as the largest project in the history of the Republic, from its initial stages of gestation, to the airport’s shift to operation at full capacity - 'A Monument of Victory:

Kirsten de Bruijn joins Qatar Airways Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo has appointed Kirsten de Bruijn as senior vice president, cargo sales and network planning.

Etihad Airways launches ‘Altitudes by Etihad’ podcast series

Etihad Airways has released an official podcast – Altitudes by Etihad - to provide listeners with unique insights on how the airline responded to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also taking a deep dive into some of 2020’s most

AMAC Aerospace SK
See us at
World Defence Show 2022MEBAA Show 2021 BTAviation MENA 2021Saudi International Airshow 2021Manama Air Power Symposium 2020