Tunisia receives last of eight Black Hawks

A UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter destined for Tunisia being unloaded from a US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III.
US Army

The United States has delivered the last of eight Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia; the aircraft will be used for transport, and medical evacuation roles.

The US Army Security Assistance Command said deliveries began in June 2017 with four helicopters, while the final four were flown to Tunisia in June 2018 under a $338 million foreign military sales deal.

This included training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, for pilots, instructor pilots and standardization pilots; and helicopter crew chief and maintainer training at US Army schools.

The eight UH-60Ms were ordered in December 2014. Tunisia requested Battlehawk kits with 2.75- inch laser-guided rockets, AGM- 114 Hellfire missiles, 7.62mm and 0.50cal machineguns, and thermal imagers and laser designators.

Tunisia will acquire another four Black Hawks; Sikorsky was awarded a $38 million contract for the additional aircraft in September 2016, with work expected to be completed in 2020.

Other recent US aircraft deliveries to Tunisia have included two Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft and 24 former US Army OH-58D Kiowa Warrior observation and direct fire support helicopters. Guy Martin