WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Qatar is seeking to procure UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the United States through the Foreign Military Sales program.
The package of 12 helicopters, spares and other related equipment would be worth more than $1.1 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its notification to Congress.
"The proposed sale of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters will improve Qatar's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical oil and natural gas infrastructure and significant national events," the agency said.
"Qatar will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces."
In addition to the helicopters, the package includes: 26 T700-GE-701D engines (24 installed and two spares); 15 AN/AAR-57 V(7) common missile warning systems; 15 AN/AVR-2B laser-detecting sets; 15 AN/APR-39A(V)4 radar signal detecting sets, 26 M240H machine guns, and 26 AN/AVS-6 night vision goggles.
Infrared countermeasure flares, M134D-H machine guns, system integration, simulators, generators and ground equipment are also among other items on the order list.
The prime contractors would be Sikorsky Aircraft and General Electric Aircraft.