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Seahawk walks away with Australian contract

16th June 2011 - 12:53 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The Australian Government has approved the purchase of 24 MH-60R naval combat helicopters for the country's navy.

The A$3 billion procurement, announced by Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare on 16 June, will replace the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN’s) fleet of S-70B Seahawks and provide the strike capability that would have been provided by the cancelled Seasprite programme.

The MH-60R was chosen as the winner after a 15-month competitive acquisition process. The other competitor was the NHi NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter, which would have been assembled in-country by Australian Aerospace.

The Australian Government said

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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