of Defense, memorandum for correspondents on possible military sale to
Colombia, November 10, 1999
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS
November 10, 1999
The Government of Colombia
has requested a possible sale of 14 UH-60L BLACKHAWK helicopters (both
armed and utility) with engines, two spare T700-GE-701C engines, 28 GAU-19
.50 caliber mini-gun, 28 GAU-17 7.62mm mini-gun, 14 M265 2.75 inch rocket
pods, ammunition, spare and repair parts, tools and support equipment,
publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment,
Cooperative Logistics Supply Support Agreements, and other related elements
of logistics support. The estimated cost is $221 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 in the war on drugs.
The proposed sale will upgrade
its anti-personnel and day/night mission capability, provide for the defense
of vital installations, and provide close air support for ground forces.
Colombia, which already has UH-60 model helicopters in its inventory,
will have no difficulty absorbing these additional aircraft.
The proposed sale of this
equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the
The prime contractor will
be United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn. There are
no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
The number of U.S. Government
personnel and contractor representatives required in-country to support
the program will be determined in joint negotiations as the program proceeds
through the development, production and equipment installation phases.
There will be no adverse impact
on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
As of March 13, 2000, this
document is also available at http://www.usia.gov/regional/ar/colombia/dodmemo.htm