The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a firm-fixed worth contract to supply a further 12 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk® helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Procured through the U.S. Authorities’s International Navy Gross sales settlement, the brand new plane will add a 3rd ‘Romeo’ squadron of unparalleled functionality to the RAN’s Fleet Air Arm. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin firm. As a part of the Australian Authorities’s Venture SEA 9100 Section 1 (Improved Embarked Logistics Help Helicopter Functionality), the 12 new MH-60R plane will create a typical fleet of maritime helicopters supporting all the RAN’s air succesful platforms. Lockheed Martin plans to ship all 12 MH-60R helicopters between mid-2025 and mid-2026.

“The ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopter instills confidence in navies worldwide for its excessive operational availability within the harsh maritime surroundings, and for the totally built-in mission programs and sensors that shortly generate an entire image of the floor and subsurface domains. We thank the RAN for displaying confidence within the broad mission flexibility of this confirmed multi-role helicopter. Ongoing and deliberate upgrades to the MH-60R by means of partnership with the U.S. Navy, RAN, different worldwide companions and trade will make sure the plane’s reliability and mission effectiveness in opposition to rising threats for many years to come back,” stated Hamid Salim, vp, Sikorsky Maritime & Mission Programs.


Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawkhelicopters

“Constructed upon a decade of partnership with america Navy and Lockheed Martin, the MH-60R ‘Romeo’ multi-mission helicopter supplies the Royal Australian Navy with an unparalleled maritime aviation platform. The flexibility of the MH-60R to conduct a variety of missions mixed with the world-class assist supplied by our companions, was a big issue within the choice by the RAN to make a further funding in MH-60R underneath the SEA 9100 Section 1 program,” stated Rear Adm. Peter Quinn, Head Navy Functionality for the Royal Australian Navy.

“The extra 12 MH-60R SEAHAWK plane is a testomony to the Royal Australian Navy’s dedication to offering their service women and men the precise plane for his or her mission wants. This effort continues the long-standing partnership between america Navy and the Royal Australian Navy,” stated Capt. Todd Evans, U.S. Navy H-60 multi-mission helicopters program supervisor.

Sikorsky Plane Australia Restricted in Nowra, New South Wales, at the moment supplies depot degree upkeep, provide assist and logistics assist for Australia’s MH-60R helicopter fleet. The RAN was the primary worldwide navy to pick out the MH-60R helicopter, buying 24 plane from 2013 to 2016. The Fleet Air Arm’s 725 and 816 squadrons primarily based at Nowra have amassed greater than 30,000 flight hours launched into frigates, destroyers and provide ships. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Company is a worldwide safety and aerospace firm that employs roughly 114,000 individuals worldwide and is principally engaged within the analysis, design, growth, manufacture, integration and sustainment of superior expertise programs, services and products.

Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters
Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters