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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 596-00
September 27, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO ISRAEL ANNOUNCED

The government of Israel has requested the purchase of 35 UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters, 70 T700-GE-701C turbine engines, 29 spare T700-GE-701C turbine engines with containers, external rescue hoist provisions, rotor brake system, spare and repair parts, tools and support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government quality assurance team (QAT), contractor engineering and technical support services and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $525 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The proposed sale will enhance their current helicopter fleet and provide combat service support for Israeli Defense personnel. Israel, which already has Blackhawk helicopters in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing the additional helicopters.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors participating in the program will be Sikorsky Aircraft Co., Stratford, Conn., and General Electric, Lynn, Mass. One or more proposed offset agreements may be related to this proposed sale.

A U.S. government QAT will be required for a minimum of one week during the delivery and initial operation of the helicopters. A U.S. contractor field service representative will also be required in-country for a period of three years to support the new helicopters.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this sale.