The US Department of Defense has confirmed that the Mexican Navy will receive at least three Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters next year.
Since the UH-60M are not “naval-oriented helicopters”, Sikorsky will convert them to meet the Mexican Navy requirements. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) announced that Sikorsky was awarded a US $36,580,000 contract to conduct the transformation work.
It has been said that the UH-60M (naval-converted) will conduct CSAR, Drug Trafficking Interdiction and other Special Operations missions. The Mexican Navy will be the very first international user of these state-of-the-art helicopters.
Addendum: The project (acquisition of platforms and transformation to naval requirements) will have a total cost of approximately US $70 million. Funds will be provided by the Merida Initiative Counter-narcotics effort.