Ten Sikorsky MH-60Rs Ordered for Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded an $145 million foreign military sales contract by US Army Contracting Command on December 17 to procure ten green’ MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. Manufacture of the helicopters will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of October 31, 2018.

The US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) had announced on May 20 that the US State Department had approved this sale and that it had notified Congress of the deal, the total value of which was estimated by the DSCA to be approximately $1.9 billion, including all equipment, spares and support.

Yesterday, December 23, US Naval Air Systems Command awarded an associated $117 million contract to Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. This covers manufacture and delivery of ten MH-60R Mission Avionics Systems and Common Cockpits for these helicopters. Installation will be carried out at the company’s facility in Owego, New York, with an expected completion date of April 2019.

The earlier DSCA announcement said the acquisition will also include four additional APS-153(V) multi-mode radars (two spares and two for testing); four spare T-700 GE 401 C engines; 12 APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe transponders (ten installed and two spares); 14 AN/AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Forward Looking Infrared radars (ten installed, two spares and two for testing); 26 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (20 installed and six spares) and Link-16 capability.

The DSCA also said that other equipment to be supplied for these helicopters will include 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 rockets; 12 M-240D crew served weapons; 12 GAU-21 crew served weapons and other associated equipment, spares, support and training..

These MH-60R helicopters will be used by the RSNF to guard against maritime security threats, while also being used for secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay. Alan Warnes