April 7, 2006

US proposes Blackhawk sale to Thailand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration told
Congress on Friday it was tentatively planning to sell Thailand
the special operations version of the Blackhawk helicopter in a
deal worth up to $246 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Thailand has
requested up to six of the MH-60S helicopters, made by United
Technologies Corp. unit Sikorsky Aircraft, plus 14 engines,
spare parts and various support services.

Thailand's need to enhance its maritime defense and
disaster relief capabilities was highlighted during the recent
tsunami search and rescue operations, the agency said.

"It will contribute to the U.S. foreign policy and national
security by helping to improve the security of an ally," the
notice to Congress said. "There will be no adverse impact on
U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale."