The US Navy received its 200th submarine-hunting MH-60R ‘Romeo’ helicopter from Lockheed Martin, as reported on Thursday 13 November. Lucky recipient was Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two (HSM-72) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida. So far, the US Navy’s MH-60R helicopters have flown more than 250,000 hours, providing increased surveillance and situational awareness.
Manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp and provided with advanced mission systems and sensors by Lockheed Martin, the MH-60R employs a modular design, which refers to the ability to modify weapon systems to match specific mission requirements. Aboard the MH-60R, sensor data is integrated into actionable information for the three-member crew. The mission systems compile data from onboard and offboard sensors to create an integrated picture that enhances decision-making.
The US Navy is projected to acquire 291 MH-60R helicopters. The Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky team has also delivered five of 24 aircraft to the Royal Australian Navy and began production for the Royal Danish Navy, which will acquire nine aircraft.
Source: Lockheed Martin