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State Dept. approves $300 million parts sale to Israel

Deal would involve excess SH-60F Sea Hawk equipment and support.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
State Dept. approves $300 million parts sale to Israel
The U.S. State Department has approved a proposed $300 million sale of excess SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter equipment and support to Israel. Pictured, a Sea Hawk landing on the USS Stout earlier this year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bill Dodge

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has approved a proposed $300 million sale of excess SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter equipment and support to Israel.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees the Foreign Military Sales program, notified Congress of the proposed sale Tuesday.

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Israel has requested 12 T-700 GE 401C engines, 8 AN/APN-194(V) radar altimeters, 8 AN/APN-217A doppler radar navigation sets, 8 AN/ARN-15I (V)2 global positioning systems, 8 AN/APX100(V) identification friend or foe transponder sets, 8 OA-8697 A/ARD direction finding groups, 8 AN/RAN-118(V) NAV receivers, 8 AN/ARN-146 on top position indicators, 16 IP-1544A/ASQ-200 horizontal situation video displays, 8 AN/ARC0174A (V)2 HF radios, 16 AN/ARC182(V) UHF/UHF radios, 8 PIN 70600-81010-011 communication system controllers, 8 GAU016 50 caliber machine guns, 8 M-60D/M-240 machine guns, 8 internal auxiliary fuel tanks, 16 external auxiliary fuel tanks and 8 C011822/AWQ controllers, armament system.

The sale would also involve spares and repair parts, support and test equipment, communication equipment, ferry support, publication and technical documentation.

Israel has been approved to receive 8 SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopters via the Excess Defense Articles program under a separate notification, the agency said.

That notification only included the Sea Hawk air frames, and the proposed sale would round out that transfer.

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The Sea Hawks will be used on board four new frigates Israel has purchased to secure the Leviathan natural gas field.

Science and Engineering Services and General Electric are the principal contractors involved.

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