A Colombian Air Force  AH-60L Arpia III gunship dropping flares in 2011

A Colombian Air Force AH-60L Arpia III gunship dropping flares in 2011

Colombia wants to buy five UH-60L “Black Hawk” helicopters from the United States, a potential purchase that would modernize the Colombian military’s air power while putting an $87 million drop of water into the American bucket.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Friday about the request, as is legally required.

Colombia has long been a fan of the UH-60. It has been buying the helicopter since 1987 for use as a gunship and for counter-insurgency/anti-drug operations.

The sale would include the helicopters, 10 T700-GE-701D engines, a warranty, fuel tanks, spare parts, tools, equipment, technical documentation, and training/technical support.

Colombia would use the “Black Hawks” to modernize its military, and the sale would be seen as a way of creating more interoperability with Colombia and other southern allies.