WASHINGTON, 08 Dec. 2012. The Danish government has signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine MH-6
0R Seahawk helicopters and logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program.
The purchase is valued at $686 million. The aircraft will be obtained through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program.
The MH-60R Seahawk is a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission helicopter based on the UH-60 Black Hawk. The MH-60R uses many sensors, including the ASE package, MTS-FLIR, the AN/APS-147 multi-mode radar/IFF interrogator, an advanced airborne fleet data link, and an airborne active sonar. The helicopter includes instrumentation based on the MH-60S glass cockpit, and uses digital monitors instead of an array of gauges and dials. The aircraft can be armed with Mk-54 torpedoes and Hellfire missiles.
Denmark is the second country to buy MH-60R helicopters following Australia’s purchase of 24 aircraft in 2011. All nine aircraft will be delivered to the Danish government by 2018.
-- Sikorsky to provide U.S. Army and Navy with Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters
-- BAE Systems to upgrade U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter avionics
-- Sikorsky to provide helicopters and support to U.S. Army
The Danish aircraft are configured for anti-surface warfare operations, including defending Danish interests in the North Atlantic, executing anti-piracy operations, and conducting missions during international deployments.
The U.S. Navy was supported in its winning proposal by Team Seahawk, consisting of MH-60R airframe manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin, engine manufacturer GE, sensor supplier Raytheon Corp., and training supplier CAE.