Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sikorsky MH-60R Wins Danish Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program

The U.S. Navy announced today that the Danish government signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine MH-60R SEAHAWK ® helicopters and comprehensive logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program.


Valued at US $686 million (Kr 4 billion), the aircraft will be procured via the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program.

Denmark is the second country to buy MH-60R helicopters following Australia’s purchase of 24 aircraft in 2011. All nine aircraft will be delivered to the Danish government by 2018.

The Danish aircraft are configured for anti-surface warfare operations, including defending Danish interests in the North Atlantic, executing anti-piracy operations, and conducting other missions during international deployments.

The U.S. Navy was supported in its winning proposal by Team Seahawk, consisting of MH-60R airframe manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin, engine manufacturer GE, sensor supplier Raytheon Corp., and training supplier CAE.

The U.S. Navy developed the MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter with Sikorsky Aircraft, mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin and other industry following a$1 billion U.S. Government test and development investment. Today, the U.S. Navy operates 100 MH-60R aircraft of a total 300 planned purchase by 2018.

Known colloquially as the ‘Romeo,’ the aircraft is the only new-generation maritime helicopter operational at sea.

The Romeo has beaten out Agusta Westland which offered its AW159 Lynx Wildcat. The third contender, the Eurocopter AS565 Panther, had already been eliminated from the competition in early 2012.