Lockheed Martin, together with the U.S. Navy (USN), ceremonially delivered the 24th and final Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk naval helicopter to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Australia has chosen the multirole naval helicopter in June 2011.
In addition to the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter’s primary mission areas of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, it also has the capability for secondary missions including search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and VHF/UHF/link communication relay. The new 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 new helicopters during the fleet’s estimated 30-year lifespan.