Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training of Owego, New York,US Naval Air Systems Command were awarded a $67 million Foreign Military Sales contract on September 23, for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) Sikorsky MH-60R helicopter programme. It comes after the company was awarded a $30 million US Naval Air Systems Command contract in late June 2013 for the manufacture and delivery of the nine mission avionics systems and common cockpits required for the MH-60Rs, acquired through the Danish Government’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization FMS programme.
The new order includes Danish specific equipment, non-recurring engineering, programme support and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of the nine RDAF MH-60Rs. Work is expected to be completed in June 2018.
Denmark had announced on November 21, 2012, that it was to purchase nine new MH-60R naval combat helicopters at a cost of 4 billion kroner ($686 million), to replace the Royal Danish Air Force’s (RDAF’s) seven remaining Westland Super Lynx Mk 90Bs serving Esk 723 at Karup. The Yeovil built helicopters were all upgraded from the original Mk 80s to overcome obsolescence and began entering service in 2001.
The Danish government has signed an official Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in early December 2012 formalizing its intent to buy the nine MH-60Rs, together with a comprehensive logistics support package, for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Programme.
Sikorsky was awarded an $136 million FMS contract on May 24, 2013, by US Army Contracting Command for the procurement of the nine green’ MH-60R helicopters for the RDAF requirement.
The RDAF will configure its MH-60Rs for wide-ranging ship-based operations, including anti-surface warfare, maritime surveillance, anti-piracy operations, sovereignty patrols, fisheries protection, search and rescue, boarding operations and support to ground military missions. First deliveries are scheduled for 2016 and all nine are due to enter service by 2018. Alan Warnes