Sikorsky, Terma to explore additional potential collaborations
Sikorsky Aircraft and Terma have announced that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in February 2010 is to be extended and broadened to explore additional potential helicopter programme collaborations. Both the original and new MOUs are conditioned on the Danish government's decision to procure Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters under a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) with the US Government, which is currently under consideration.
Denmark is considering the MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, which are already in service with the US Navy. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified US congress of the possible FMS of 12 MH-60R aircraft to the Danish government in November 2010.
The multi-mission MH-60R helicopter combines sensors, such as surface radar and forward looking infrared camera, with tactical data links that enable the host ship to see what the aircraft sees even when over the horizon. The aircraft’s long-range sight was designed to enhance ship commanders’ ability to carry out the protection of commercial shipping routes, ensuring maritime sovereignty, and conducting search and rescue operations. According to Sikorsky, the aircraft is also ‘routinely also used for ship-to-ship cargo replenishment and medical evacuation, the aircraft can be upgraded to provide anti-submarine warfare if one day required by Danish defence.’
Other opportunities where the companies ‘see strong potential for collaboration’ include ‘composites and electrical component manufacturing, as well as the use of Terma's survivability equipment on a number of [Sikorsky] aircraft platforms, including Black Hawk helicopters’.
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