Sikorsky has begun production of the nine MH-60R Seahawks maritime helicopters the Royal Danish Navy ordered in December 2012. This marks the start of the first “Romeo” for a European customer, and the second of a non-US military.
The Danish Seahawks will be flown on behalf of the Navy by the Royal Danish Air Force (Flyvevåbnet) by Esk 723 of the Helicopter Wing at Karup Airbase, with 6 to 8 planned to be operational and 1 to 3 hold in reserve. At Karup the Romeos will replace the Westland Super Lynx Mk 90Bs, of which ten were delivered between 1980 and 1988.
Danish Romeos will have hydraulic deck lock systems, instrument landing systems, seating for boarding teams / special forces and more. The final of nine Romeos is planned to enter service in 2018.
Meanwhile the Royal Australian Navy has received six of 24 ordered MH-60Rs. The US Navy received its 200th of a total of 291 ordered Romeo Seahawks in November 2014. Combined those US Navy machines passed the milestone of 250,000 flight hours this Autumn. Sikorsky produces the MH-60Rs in cooperation with Lockheed Martin.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, including source information provided by Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin and the US Navy