The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of excess SH-60F Seahawks of roughly $300 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency told Congress July 5.
Included in the transaction are spares and repair parts, support and test equipment, communication equipment, ferry support, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $300 million.
Israel had been approved to receive eight of the Sikorsky Seahawks under a separate transaction that included only the SH-60 airframes. The latest deal includes all the major components and customer-unique requirements to supplement the transfer.
Israel has purchased four new frigates to secure the Leviathan Natural Gas Field. The SH-60Fs will be used onboard these new frigates to patrol and protect these gas fields as well as other areas under threat.