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Lithuania will receive the American UH-60M Black Hawk to replace the Soviet Mi-8

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Lithuania will receive the American UH-60M Black Hawk to replace the Soviet Mi-8

The United States will supply Lithuania with six multi-purpose Sikorsky (Lockheed Martin) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. It is reported that on July 6 this year, the US Department of Defense Agency for Military Cooperation (Defense Security Cooperation Agency - DSCA) sent the US Congress a notification. Previously, this supply was approved by the US State Department.


Helicopters will be delivered to Lithuania through the American program of intergovernmental foreign military sales Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The total cost of the contract, which, in addition to six helicopters, will also include training and technical support packages, will be 380 million dollars.

The desire to purchase six new UH-60M Black Hawk U.S. helicopters was announced by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense last October. At the same time, it was reported that the signing of the contract was planned for 2020, and the beginning of the supply of helicopters - for 2024.

The Lithuanian military department hoped that the amount of the contract would not exceed $ 300 million, while part of the amount would be repaid by the United States at the expense of the US security support program.

Six new UH-60M Black Hawk should replace in the armed forces three Soviet Mi-8 helicopters, still in service. According to the Ministry of Defense, Soviet helicopters are already old, they are very difficult to maintain, since the resource is almost exhausted, and spare parts are very difficult to obtain, since they are produced in Russia.

Lithuania intends to use the universal UH-60M Black Hawk to modernize its armed forces and ensure the multinational mission of NATO in the Baltic region.

UH-60 Black Hawk (Black Hawk) is a multipurpose helicopter created by the American company Sikorsky. Available with 1977 year and during this time repeatedly upgraded. Designed to transport 11 troops in full gear.
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  1. Zeev zeev
    Zeev zeev 8 July 2020 11: 41
    -2

    Designed to transport 11 troops in full gear.

    15 soldiers in full gear and with backpacks. Verified personally.
    1. GAndr
      GAndr 8 July 2020 13: 26
      +2
      So what? Eight is a much more successful car, tested by the same Afghan :)
    2. venik
      venik 8 July 2020 15: 08
      -1
      Quote: ZeevZeev
      15 soldiers in full gear and with backpacks. Verified personally.

      ========
      Just 15 ??? So sickly? In our "bear" up to 3 dozen shoves! wink
      1. Zeev zeev
        Zeev zeev 8 July 2020 15: 52
        +2
        Compare the dimensions of the two helicopters first. The Black Hawk Down was originally intended to carry one infantry squad, as the Huey had previously been. If you want to really compare the machines, then the Mi-8 is an analogue of the CH-53 "Stallion". It is intended for transporting platoons, light vehicles, guns, etc. etc.
        1. venik
          venik 8 July 2020 16: 22
          +2
          Quote: ZeevZeev
          For starters, compare the sizes of two helicopters.

          =======
          ---------------------------------------------- UH-60 - -------- Mi-8AMTS
          The diameter of the rotor (m) ......... 16.36 ......................... 21.29
          Length (m) ........................................ 15.26 ..... .................... 18.17
          Height (m) ....................................... 5.13 ...... ..................... 5.65
          Differ considerably? What else will we compare? wink
          1. Zeev zeev
            Zeev zeev 10 July 2020 08: 48
            -2
            Differ considerably. Like Ford Transit and PAZik
            1. venik
              venik 11 July 2020 09: 31
              0
              Quote: ZeevZeev
              Differ considerably. Like Ford Transit and PAZik

              ========
              Well, what am I talking about. Where the PAZik passes without problems, "Ford Transit" - you have to drag a tractor! tongue
        2. venik
          venik 8 July 2020 16: 57
          +5
          Quote: ZeevZeev
          Compare the dimensions of the two helicopters first. ..... If you want to really compare cars, then the Mi-8 is an analogue of the CH-53 "Stallion"

          =======
          Well then - let's compare and try to understand someone who is analogous and who to compare with whom:
          ---------------------------------- H-60 ​​---- Mi-8AMTSH ----- CH -53
          Screw diameter (m) ... 16.36 ............ 21.29 ....... ... 22.02
          Length (m) ......................... 15.26 ........... 18.17 ....... ... 20.47
          Height (m) ........................ 5.13 ............. 5.65 ........... ..7.60
          Empty weight (t) .............. 5.12 .............. 6.80 ... ... ... .10.69
          Max take-off (t) .............. 9.19 ............ 13,50 ... ... 19,05

          Well, who with whom is it more correct to compare ??? It is immediately evident that although the "bear" occupies a certain "intermediate" position between the two "Sikorsk" ones, but in all respects it is closer to "black hawk" than to "stellian" !!!
          By the way - "Stallion" is a "clean" heavy transport, and "Black Hawk" and "Bear" - multi-purpose helicopters, except for transport, having strike functions!
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 8 July 2020 11: 53
    +1
    Zeev zeev
    Checked in person.
    AND...? Recommend Lithuania to buy without hesitation? You are at least flying on a broomstick in Israel, but at our borders there is already a glut of American weapons and NATO military personnel.
  3. APASUS
    APASUS 8 July 2020 12: 01
    +3
    It would be interesting to compare the costs of maintaining 6 UH-60M Black Hawk and 3 Mi-8. True, with this power, it’s more likely that they will transfer their own soldiers to the hay than give up American weapons in favor of another.
    1. Waterline915
      Waterline915 8 July 2020 12: 15
      -6
      Of course, we will not think about the advantages of the UH-60 over the Mi-8 in the form of a much faster landing and the presence of the AN / AAR-57 system for detecting the launch of missiles from the ICGS ...
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 8 July 2020 12: 24
        +1
        Quote: Waterline915
        On the advantages of the UH-60 over the Mi-8 in the form of a significantly faster landing

        Are you serious, the landing of Lithuanian?
        Quote: Waterline915
        Of course, we will not think about the presence of the AN / AAR-57 system for detecting the launch of missiles from the IKGSN ...

        You have a complete set of the delivered cars, share with us
        1. Waterline915
          Waterline915 8 July 2020 13: 20
          +2
          The main objective of this helicopter is to transport troops. It will be a Lithuanian, Estonian or Russian landing - it does not matter.
          As for MAWS, it can be installed on a given helicopter at any time (even if they buy helicopters without it, which is stupid if we are talking about a helicopter for army aviation), the Mi-8 has the same L-370 Vitebsk system ( aka “President-C”) - the Lithuanian Armed Forces will not be able to purchase with all their will, at least for political reasons.
      2. GAndr
        GAndr 8 July 2020 13: 28
        0
        You write such crap ... why is it faster from a hawk to land then? And then the missile launch detection system and on the Bears is ... write some nonsense.
        1. Waterline915
          Waterline915 8 July 2020 13: 41
          +1
          Quote: GAndr
          And then the missile launch detection system and on the Bears is ... write some nonsense.

          The only Russian "helicopter" analogue of MAWS is the L-370 "Vitebsk", first presented to the public in 2010 and not exported to Lithuania, where do you think it will take on the Lithuanian Mi-8 Soviet production.

          Quote: GAndr
          You write such crap ... why is it faster from a hawk to land then?

          I don’t see any reason to explain such simple things, you can just watch any video from the exercises in which these helicopters involved landing landing with a touch.
      3. venik
        venik 8 July 2020 16: 09
        +2
        Quote: Waterline915
        Of course, we will not think about the advantages of the UH-60 over the Mi-8 in the form of a much faster landing and the presence of the AN / AAR-57 system for detecting the launch of missiles from the ICGS ...

        =======
        Well, of course we won’t! After all - 34 fighters even through 8 doors and a ramp, it’s more difficult to unload from the Mi-2AMTS even than even 11 fighters through 2 doors to Bdek Hock! laughing
        Well, about the L-370 "Vitebsk" and even better forget (After all, an infection, unlike AN / AAR-57, not only detects missile launches by helicopter, but also turns on jamming systems and even leads them away (missiles with infrared seeker) away from the target !!!. fool
        PS Sometimes it's better to be silent than to write nonsense.
        1. Waterline915
          Waterline915 8 July 2020 19: 16
          0
          If you bother to read my messages above, you will suddenly find that I did not write about the superiority of Western MAWS on Vitebsk. I only said that the Latvian Armed Forces have no opportunity to purchase Vitebsk for their Mi-8s or to purchase helicopters with this system already installed.

          As for the landing, the ramp with a hydraulic drive first appeared only on the Mi-8MTV-5, and the cargo hatch opened manually on the Latvian Mi-8 is not used for landing for obvious reasons.
    2. Aitvaras
      Aitvaras 9 July 2020 11: 34
      0
      Here the logic is different, the point is that Lithuania is a part of NATO and NATO and Russia, in their military doctrines, are likely opponents. Buying weapons from your adversary and a hostile country is unwise and yet, NATO standards are mandatory in Lithuania. Hay in the Lithuanian army is unlikely. Food for our soldiers is excellent.
  4. mojohed2012
    mojohed2012 8 July 2020 12: 02
    -4
    Well, the former from the socialist camp will sit down on amerovskoy equipment, but nothing will change from this, they will simply pay the United States for parts and maintenance. And they had the opportunity to study Soviet cars up and down, they themselves operated, they themselves repaired and serviced. Well, they want to have "NATO standards" in the form of stale Sikorsky turntables, please. In the ukrovermacht, they can't get a uniform for NATO, except for the old hummers, nothing is drawn to NATO standards. And what is this NATO standard in general? Isn't it an obligation to pay exorbitant money into Uncle Sam's pocket for used military devices? After all, market manufacturers of such equipment of such standards will clearly lay prices that are not comparable to the prices of Soviet and Russian equipment.
  5. zwlad
    zwlad 8 July 2020 12: 05
    +2
    The total cost of the contract, which, in addition to six helicopters, will also include training and technical support packages, will be 380 million dollars.

    A good business. Set up a post-Soviet space against Russia, and then vparivat them whatever you want at any price.
    1. GAndr
      GAndr 8 July 2020 13: 29
      -1
      so for that everything is done, only business and nothing personal :)
  6. sav
    sav 8 July 2020 13: 13
    +8
    Well, everything is clear with Lithuania: they are switching to NATO standards. What the boss said, they’ll do it.
  7. Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 8 July 2020 14: 09
    -1
    This is called lick the ass of the United States, show off in the Baltic manner. Of course they would have any trough, if only not Soviet / Russian. And we did not think to buy the latest Mi-8s in the Russian Federation, the quality of which is recognized by the whole world, including in the USA.
  8. Ros 56
    Ros 56 8 July 2020 15: 54
    -1
    And what will this give the Labus, they will become bolder, smarter or richer? That's what the amount of money in the treasury will decrease by the amount of the content of these hawks, I give a tooth. So to us from this, well, absolutely violet.
  9. iouris
    iouris 9 July 2020 12: 14
    0
    ... and spare parts are very difficult to get, because they are manufactured in neighboring Russia.