Pacific Avionics to support Brazilian UH-60 Black Hawk fleet

21 August 2013 (Last Updated August 21st, 2013 18:30)

IMP Group subsidiary, Pacific Avionics & Instruments has secured a contract for supply of support services for the Brazilian Air Force's (FAB) UH-60 Black Hawk multi-role helicopter fleet.

UH-60L helicopter

IMP Group subsidiary, Pacific Avionics & Instruments, has secured a contract for the supply of support services for the Brazilian Air Force's (FAB) UH-60 Black Hawk multirole helicopter fleet.

Awarded by the Brazilian Aeronautical Commission, the $2.2m contract covers delivery of support services for the helicopters' avionics, instruments and ground support test equipment.

Pacific vice-president and general manager Gordon Bott said the contract award reaffirms the company's position in avionics support services.

''After nearly 50 years in this business, we have the expertise to provide quick turn-times and quality workmanship for both civilian and military avionics,'' Bott said.

As part of contract, the company has also sent full-time staff to Brazil to handle logistics and communications with the concerned local authorities.

"The $2.2m contract covers delivery of support services for the helicopters' avionics, instruments and ground support test equipment."

Around 15 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters were ordered by FAB from Sikorsky under a $10.1m US foreign military sales (FMS) contract in September 2012.

Delivered in March 2011, the first two helicopters are currently operated by FAB's Panther Squadron in support of search-and-rescue (SAR) operations, humanitarian relief and anti-drug operations in the Amazon region.

Powered by two General Electric T700-GE-701 engines, UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is designed to conduct tactical troop and equipment transport, medical evacuation, command-and-control, search-and-rescue armed escort, electronic warfare and executive transport missions.

Capable of transporting an 11-person, fully-equipped infantry squad, the helicopter can also be configured to perform air assault, air cavalry, command and control and special operations.

Besides Brazil, Black Hawks are also operational with the US, Argentine, Australian, Colombian, Greek, Japanese, South Korean, Saudi, Thai, Philippine and the Spanish militaries among others.

The contract's performance period and additional details have not been disclosed.


Image: A Brazilian Air Force's UH-60L Black Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Força Aérea Brasileira.

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