South Korea orders 12 MH-60R Seahawks

Lockheed Martin has received an order for 12 Sikorsky MH-60Rs for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).

US Naval Air Systems Command awarded a US$447.23m Foreign Military Sales contract to the company on April 12 for production and delivery of the helicopters to the RoKN. Work is expected to be completed in December 2024.

The deal had been expected for some time following an announcement by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on August 7, 2019, that the proposed acquisition of these multi-mission helicopters had been approved by the US State Department. The DSCA delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on the same day and gave the total estimated value of the deal as $800m, including equipment and support.

MH-60R [US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandie Nuzzi]
A US Navy MH-60R Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 (HSM-75) ‘Wolf Pack’ lifts off from the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) on April 5, 2021, in the South China Sea. The Republic of Korea Navy is to become a new operator of the type following an order for 12 placed on April 12. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brandie Nuzzi

The DSCA said at the time that the equipment fit would include 13 APS-153(V) multi-mode radars (12 installed, one spare); 25 T-700-GE-401C Engines (24 installed, one spare); 12 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar Systems (ALFS); 13 AN/AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (12 installed, one spare); 24 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM); 12 Link 16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems – Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade Two Terminals; four M-240D crew-served guns; four GAU-21 crew-served guns; and 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys.

Also included would be 24 AN/ARC-210 RT-1990A(C) radios with Communications Security (COMSEC); 20 AN/ARC-220 High Frequency radios; and 20 AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders.

The MH-60Rs will be used to improve the RoKN’s capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions, along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue and communications relay.