LOCKHEED MARTIN has received the first two Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters out of nine that are on order for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). Sikorsky announced on July 20 that the helicopters had been delivered to Lockheed Martin’s facility in Owego, upstate New York, on July 9.
They will now undergo digital cockpit and integrated mission systems and sensors installation with Lockheed Martin, following which they are due to be delivered to the US Navy later this year.
Denmark’s Defence Ministry had announced selection of the MH-60R on November 21, 2012. A Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the nine RDAF MH-60Rs was announced by the US Navy on December 6, 2012.
The first three MH-60Rs are scheduled to be handed-over to the RDAF in 2016. They will replace the seven Super Lynx Mk 90Bs in service with Eskadrille 723 at Flyvestation Karup. Although already in widespread use with the US Navy, Denmark will be only the second overseas operator of the MH-60R, following the Royal Australian Navy, which is currently introducing the type into service. Alan Warnes