Maritime Helicopter

New Zealand considers axing Super Seasprite helicopter fleet

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is reportedly considering a move to axe its eight-strong fleet of SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite multi-role maritime helicopters as part of a 6.5% cut in defence spending – equivalent to NZ$150m (US$91.23m) – that has been requested by the New Zealand government

Peruvian Navy presses new Sea Kings into service

The Peruvian Naval Aviation Command pressed the first two of six ex-Spanish Navy SH-3G Sea Kings – which were acquired second-hand from the Spanish government for the symbolic price of €100 each – on November 29

Indian Navy uses Sea King to progress NASM-SR missile trials

In partnership with India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Indian Navy carried out guided flight trials of its indigenously developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile-Short Range (NASM-SR) on November 21, when the weapon was fired from a Sea King Mk 42B ASW/ASuW helicopter for the second time

Sikorsky receives MH-60R Seahawk order for Spanish Navy

Lockheed Martin announced on October 12 that its Sikorsky business unit had received a Foreign Military Sales contract – worth $379.58m – from the US Navy to produce eight MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission maritime helicopters for the Spanish Navy

Polish Navy welcomes delivery of first AW101 Merlin

The Polish Navy welcomed the delivery of its initial AW101 Merlin multi-role maritime helicopter on August 7, just over two years after the first of four examples for Poland completed its maiden flight at Leonardo Helicopters’ facility in Yeovil, Somerset, on July 19, 2021

US Navy’s ‘Vanguard’ squadron completes final MH-53E flight

After nearly 45 years of flying Sikorsky’s family of H-53 Sea Stallion helicopters in US Navy service, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) ‘Vanguard’ has completed its final operational MH-53E Sea Dragon flight ahead of the unit’s planned deactivation in July 2023

Sweden joins list of nations looking to axe NH90 helicopter fleet

After Belgium, Australia and Norway announced plans to axe and replace their respective NHIndustries NH90 helicopter fleets, Gen Micael Bydén – the Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces – revealed that Sweden would follow suit in a recently published defence modernisation and procurement guidance report

India's third MH-60R completes pre-delivery testing

Lockheed Martin India announced on October 13 that the third Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk for the Indian Navy - serial IN753 - has completed pre-delivery testing ahead of schedule

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Polish Navy’s first AW101 takes flight

Leonardo has revealed that the first AW101 multi-mission maritime helicopter for the Polish Navy took to the skies for its maiden flight at the company’s production facility in Yeovil, Somerset, on July 19

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Indian MH-60Rs arrive at NAS North Island

The first two Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime utility helicopters for the Indian Navy have been flown to NAS North Island at Naval Base Coronado in California, where Indian crews are now being trained on the type