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DoD confirms Romeo sales to South Korea
Lockheed Martin is producing and delivering 12 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) under an FMS contract worth $447.23 million, the US DoD announced on 12 April.
The helicopters will be provided to meet the Maritime Operations Helicopter Batch 2 (MOH2) project for the ROKN.
Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%), and is expected to be completed in December 2024.
MH-60R cabins and tail cones are manufactured in Troy, while the Stratford facility is where final assembly takes place. Mission system and aircraft completion occurs at Owego.
The new helicopters will be allocated to incoming ROKN warships like KDX-III Batch 2 Aegis destroyers and Ulsan-class FFX Batch III frigates designed for blue-water operations. The helicopters will specialise in anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare, with secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue and communications relay.
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