WARSAW, Poland — The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence signed a €181 million (U.S. $213 million) deal Friday with its U.S. counterpart for 4 Lockheed Martin UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.
The deal marks the primary acquisition of American helicopters within the Lithuanian navy’s historical past.
The contract, which was signed throughout an official go to by Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis to Washington, D.C., additionally covers the procurement of further gear, spare elements, and a coaching, restore and logistical help bundle, the ministry stated in a press release.
The new helos will allow Lithuania to switch its outdated Soviet-built Mil Mi-8T copters with Western-made copters as a part of the nation’s navy modernization efforts.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in late 2024, and the settlement provides the nation an possibility to purchase an additional two helicopters. As a part of the deal, the U.S. authorities will help the acquisition mission with an allocation of €25 million.