Middle East militaries have been showing “a lot of interest” in the MH-60R and MH-60S, with greatest interest primarily in the 60R model, according to Mike Sears, deputy program manager for foreign military sales (FMS) at U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. They are also interested in the compatibility of the two models, well as additional weapon systems not currently fitted to the U.S. Navy’s R and S variant Seahawks, he said.
One Gulf nation, Qatar, has already requested a government-to-government sale of 10 MH-60R and 12 MH-60S Seahawks under a $2.5-billion contact. The Seahawk order is part of a larger $30-billion order that includes 24 Boeing AH-64E Block III Apaches (see Rotor & Wing, Nov. 2012, page 30).
At a briefing at this week’s Dubai Helishow for Team Seahawk—made up of Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy’s NAVAIR—Sears noted that Sikorsky has delivered 363 MH-60Rs and 60Rs to the U.S. Navy to date, as well as two to the Royal Thai Navy under the FMS program. An additional 24 have been sold to the Royal Australian Navy, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2014, Sears added.
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