Sikorsky is close to beginning upgrades to the UAE’s helicopters that would give them the “most advanced armed Black Hawks ever produced,” a company vice president told Defense News.

Robert Kokorda, vice president of sales, said the UAE-funded development program of the kits to weaponize UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters is in its final development stages.

The certification of the UAE-mandated weapons kit will be completed in the near future, he added, once the test-firing program is finalized. […]