Danish government signs for MH-60R Seahawk helicopter
The government of Denmark has signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalising its intent to buy MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program.
The aircraft will be procured from the US Navy under a foreign military sales (FMS) agreement with the US government.
The sale will include nine MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and comprehensive logistics support at a cost of $686 million (Kr 4 billion). The Danish aircraft are configured for anti-surface warfare operations, including defending Danish interests in the North Atlantic, executing anti-piracy operations, and conducting other missions during international deployments.
The agreement makes Denmark 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.
Rear Adm Paul Grosklags, Program Executive Officer, Air, ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs, said: ‘It's great news that the Danish government has selected the US Navy's MH-60R, an aircraft we believe is the world's most capable multi-mission maritime helicopter. Danish pilots and crew will be able to fly with the confidence that these aircraft have been proven operationally capable at sea and have the full logistics support already in place to ensure they are ready and able to fly anytime, anywhere in the world.’
The US Navy was supported in its winning proposal by Team Seahawk, consisting of MH-60R airframe manufacturer Sikorsky, mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin, engine manufacturer GE, sensor supplier Raytheon, and training supplier CAE.
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