A further 29 Sikorsky MH-60Rs have been ordered for the US Navy. Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a $354 million contract for these helicopters on December 7 by US Army Contracting Command.
The Seahawks will be built in Stratford, Connecticut. Estimated completion date for the contract is December 31, 2017. The deal is a modification to the $8.5 billion contract signed on July 10, 2012, covering US Army and US Navy purchase of up to 653 UH-60M Black Hawks and MH-60R/S Seahawks through until December 2017. That contract also included options on a further 263 helicopters.
Actual production quantities are being determined on a year-by-year basis, subject to funding being allocated by Congress. Alan Warnes