US clears sale of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Greece

15 July 2019 (Last Updated July 15th, 2019 10:39)

The US Government has cleared a possible sale of up to seven MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters and associated equipment and spares to Greece. 

The US Government has cleared a possible sale of up to seven MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters and associated equipment and spares to Greece.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the foreign military sale worth $600m.

Under the sale, Greece is expected to purchase ten APS-l 53(V) multi-mode radars, 18 T700 GE-401 C engines, airborne low-frequency systems (ALFS), and AN/ AAS-44C(V) multi-spectral targeting systems.

Subject to approval from Congress, the sale would also include 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys, two AGM-114 M36-E9 captive air training missiles (CATM), four AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles, and 100 advanced precision kill weapons system (APKWS) rockets, as well as 30 Mk54 torpedoes.

In addition, the deal will include 12 M-2400 and 12 GAU-21 crew-served guns, and communication systems.

In a statement, DSCA said: “This proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a Nato ally, which is an important partner for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

“The MH-60R helicopters will bolster the Hellenic Navy’s ability to support Nato and remain interoperable with the US and the Nato alliance.”

The purchase will enhance Greece’s capability to meet current and future threats, the agency added.

The Hellenic Navy will use the MH-60R helicopters to conduct anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions.

In addition, helicopters are capable of performing missions such as vertical replenishment, search-and-rescue, and communications relay.

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been selected as the deal’s principal contractor.

The Government of Greece formally expressed its intention to buy the helicopters earlier this year.

Jane’s reported that the MH-60R Seahawk helicopters are intended to help the US Navy’s Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk helicopters, replacing Agusta-Bell AB-212 ASW rotorcraft.