Saudi Arabia Planning to Buy Ten MH-60R Helicopters

Saudi Arabia is planning to purchase ten Sikorsky MH-60R multi-mission helicopters through a $1.9 billion Foreign Military Sales contract. The US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on May 20 that the State Department has approved the proposed deal and that it had notified Congress of it on the same day.

The DSCA said that the contract will also include 14 APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars (ten installed, two spares and two for testing); four spare T-700 GE 401 C engines; 12 APX-123 IFF transponders (ten installed and two spares); 14 AN/AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems FLIR radars (ten installed, two spares and two for testing; 26 embedded GPS/INS with selective availability/anti-spoofing module (20 installed and six spares); and Link-16 capability. Also included will be 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys; 38 AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles; five AGM-114 M36-E9 captive air training missiles; four AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles; 380 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) rockets; 12 M-240D crew-served weapons and 12 GAU-21 crew-served weapons.

The DSCA said that the proposed sale will improve Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet current and future threats from enemy weapon systems. The MH-60R will provide the capability to identify, engage and defeat maritime security threats along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue and communications relay. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence. Alan Warnes