Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk 002 (Image © Lockheed Martin)

First Romeo Seahawks accepted by Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk 002  (Image © Lockheed Martin)
Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk 002 (Image © Lockheed Martin)

The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the US Navy in a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, New York, USA on 10 December 2013. Lockheed Martin has been providing the sensors on these Sikorsky machines.

The MH-60R is already operational and deploying as the primary US Navy anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare system for open-ocean and littoral zones. The Australian Navy will purchase 24 of those maritime helicopters through its US counterpart. The entire fleet will be delivered incrementally, with the final aircraft expected to be transferred to Australia in the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.

In addition to the MH-60R’s primary mission areas of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, it also has the capability for secondary missions such as search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and VHF/UHF/link communication relay.

Meanwhile more than 400 MH-60s have been constructed or upgraded to the Romeo standard. As reported by AIRheads↑Fly the first Australian Romeo Seahawk rolled out of the Sikorsky plant on 30 June 2013. The Seahawks follow the fiasco of the attempt to field the cheaper but older second-hand Seasprite helicopter in the Australian Navy.

Source: Lockheed Martin

Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk 002 and 001 at the Lockheed Martin location in Owego, New York (Image © Lockheed Martin)
Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Seahawk 002 and 001 at the Lockheed Martin location in Owego, New York (Image © Lockheed Martin)

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