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Sea-Air-Space 2019: USN faces balancing act over Sea Hawk's life

7th May 2019 - 14:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in Maryland


The US Navy (USN) is currently assessing the benefits of formally introducing a service life extension programme (SLEP) for its fleet of MH-60R/S Sea Hawks, with no guarantee that all of that contingent will be included in the effort itself.

The service is beginning to look at how it will role out FVL capabilities or at least determine a ‘stepping off point’ from which a transition from Sea Hawk helicopters to a next generation platform would be feasible.

According to Angie Knappenberger, deputy director of air warfare at the USN, ‘a blended solution’ involving some future SLEP Sea Hawks and

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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