Latvia has received the first two of an eventual four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the USA.

Arriving at Lielvarde air base on 11 December, the rotorcraft pair were transferred via a US Air Force Boeing C-17.

Latvia UH-60M-c-Latvian Defence Ministry

Source: Latvian defence ministry

Rotorcraft will replaced aged Mil Mi-17s

“This is a long-awaited addition to the inventory that allows the air force to achieve a new level of capability by replacing aged Soviet [Mil] Mi-17s with new and advanced Black Hawk helicopters,” says defence minister Artis Pabriks.

Riga ordered the four Black Hawks in 2018 through a government-to-government deal worth €175 million ($185 million), including $15.5 million of co-financing from Washington. The remaining two helicopters will arrive by the end of 2023.

Latvia UH-60M second-c-Latvian Defence Ministry

Source: Latvian defence ministry

Additional two examples will arrive by end-2023