Fi­nal Aus­tralian MH-60R SEAHAWK He­li­copter de­liv­ered to RAN

India Strategic - - TALKING POINTS -

NOWRA, AUS­TRALIA. Lock­heed Martin, to­gether with the US Navy, cer­e­mo­ni­ally de­liv­ered the 24th, and fi­nal, MH-60R SEAHAWK® he­li­copter to the Royal Aus­tralian Navy (RAN) Septem­ber 12. The han­dover oc­curred dur­ing a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony at Lock­heed Martin’s pur­pose­built lo­gis­tics and main­te­nance fa­cil­ity in Nowra which will house and main­tain the new fleet.

The Com­mon­wealth of Aus­tralia chose the MH-60R “Romeo” SEAHAWK he­li­copter in June 2011 to ful­fill the Aus­tralian De­fence Force’s re­quire­ment for a fleet of 24 new-gen­er­a­tion, mul­ti­role naval com­bat air­craft. The pro­gramme has run on time and on bud­get with all 24 MH-60 Romeos now de­liv­ered to the Royal Aus­tralian Navy - a feat which saw the pro­gramme win Aus­tralia’s Ca­pa­bil­ity Ac­qui­si­tion and Sus­tain­ment Group “Project of the Year” award in 2015. The new MH-60R he­li­copters are cur­rently re­plac­ing the RAN’s ex­ist­ing fleet of S-70B-2 SEAHAWK he­li­copters.

Lock­heed Martin and Siko­rsky sup­port the RAN fleet through the Mar­itime He­li­copter Sup­port Com­pany (MHSCo), which pro­vides Through Life Sup­port lo­gis­tics ser­vices to sus­tain peak flight readi­ness for the RAN SEAHAWK he­li­copters dur­ing the fleet’s es­ti­mated 30-year life­span.

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