Patria and UAG refurbish US Army Black Hawks for the European market

Fatherland and United Aero Group (UAG) have agreed to work together to acquire UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, formerly owned by the US military. refurbished and upgraded for the European market.

The modernization program, which will begin in 2024, will see the Black Hawks enhanced with greater capability to undertake a wider range of missions with increased effectiveness and capabilities. The number of Black Hawk units both companies intend to procure at this stage remains unknown.

The program provides end-users with a cost-effective procurement solution, short lead times and customization to various military and law enforcement aviation, from utility, medevac, search and rescue and firefighting missions.

In addition, Patria offers local service and maintenance support through Patria OPTIME modular support solution.

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This includes assessing the current state of the user’s operating environment, equipment and maintenance solution, as well as the requirements placed on them. After a successful feasibility study, there will be a more in-depth value proposition phase.

European consumer base for Black Hawk

There are currently 29 international customers operating the Sikorsky-developed UH-60M Black Hawk multi-mission variant. Lockheed Martin subsidiary.

These include Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and, of course, USA.

According to GlobalData, the US Army operates 1,163 Black Hawk units, some of which were acquired as early as 1979, a year after the platform first entered the military rotorcraft market.

GlobalData also predicts that European spending on the Black Hawk will increase from $150 million in 2023 to $170 million (€142.42 million) in 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.43% over the four years.

During 2023–33, in addition to emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region, which are experiencing rising defense spending due to regional power struggles and territorial disputes, countries in Europe are also expected to increase their defense spending after years of budget cuts and binding measures, presenting global military rotorcraft manufacturers with more opportunities over the next decade.

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