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.
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.