The Lithuanian Defense Ministry Plans To Sign A Contract With The United States For Black Hawk Helicopters In September
The Lithuanian government intends to sign an agreement with the United States in September to acquire six Black Hawk military helicopters, according to the Minister of Defense of the Baltic Republic Raimundas Karoblis.
"Negotiations are underway, and we hope to complete the negotiations and sign contracts in September," he said after a meeting with us army (land) Minister Ryan McCarthy in the Lithuanian capital.
According to the report, part of the deal worth $380 million will be financed by the US government. "We thank the United States for helping to speed up this process and for assisting in the implementation of this project of $30 million," Karoblis said.
In November last year, the Lithuanian defense Minister said that Black Hawk helicopters, which Lithuania intends to purchase from the United States for its air force, will be delivered without weapons. The Lithuanian military may receive these vehicles by the end of 2024.
Currently, the Lithuanian air force helicopter fleet consists of three Dauphin family vehicles manufactured by the Franco-German company Eurocopter, purchased for €52 million, and three Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters. The Flight life of Russian vehicles is at an end.