US Navy orders three more MH-60R Seahawks

Three additional Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime utility helicopters have been ordered by the US Navy as ‘replacement in kind’ platforms to replace three examples that were transferred to the Greek government.

US Navy MH-60R HSM-75 over Gulf of Oman [US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A Harkins]
A US Navy MH-60R Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 (HSM-75) 'Wolf Pack' flies over the Gulf of Oman. A further three MH-60Rs have been ordered for the US Navy through a contract awarded on June 29, 2021. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Derek A Harkins

Lockheed Martin – of which Sikorsky is a subsidiary – was awarded a US$129m modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract by US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on June 29, covering the production and delivery of the three helicopters to the service. Financing for the rotorcraft has come from Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) US Navy procurement funds, with contract completion anticipated to occur in May 2025.

Also referred to as ‘Romeo’, the newly ordered MH-60Rs will replace three green airframes that were diverted to the Hellenic Navy in order to maintain the required delivery schedule for the Greek Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract. Four MH-60Rs were ordered for the Hellenic Navy through a US$194m NAVAIR FMS deal on October 26, 2020, but none have yet been delivered.