The Austrian air force could be set to add further Black Hawk utility helicopters to its inventory, with the service having requested the possible purchase of three new-generation UH-60Ms from Sikorsky.

Worth an estimated $137 million, a Foreign Military Sales deal with the USA would “improve Austria’s capability to conduct domestic search and rescue missions, border surveillance operations and contribute to international operations,” says the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The sum would also cover the provision of spare parts, personnel training and in-service support services, it says.

Black Hawk - Austrian defence ministry

Austrian defence ministry

Austria’s air force already flies nine Black Hawks in the S-70A configuration, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database, which records the rotorcraft as having been built in 2002.

Source: Flight International