The US Navy has delivered three MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to the Danish Defence, marking the first such delivery to the country’s armed forces, and the second foreign military sales (FMS) procurement for the aircraft.
The new Seahawk aircraft will be deployed with the Danish Defence’s Air Squadron 723 and will replace their former fleet of British Lynx helicopters.
In December 2012, the Danish Government signed a $686m letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) to procure nine MH-60R helicopters, as well as comprehensive logistics support throughout the US FMS programme.
The Sikorsky-built MH-60R helicopter is equipped with sensors, which include surface radar and a forward-facing infrared camera, and also features tactical data links to assist the host ship during over-the-horizon operations.
The helicopters are capable of being launched from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers in littoral zones.
The advanced maritime helicopter MH-60R Seahawk can also be deployed into a range of missions, including combat, search-and-rescue, vertical replenishment, and airborne mine countermeasures.
The newly procured helicopters will be used by the Royal Danish Navy to support anti-surface warfare missions, as well as anti-piracy operations, while protecting and defending Danish interests in the North Atlantic during international deployments.
The US Navy currently has 220 MH-60R’s, tested and evaluated by two squadrons, and deployed into eight operational carrier air wing squadrons, seven expeditionary squadrons, and two fleet replacement squadrons.
The aircraft was also selected by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in 2011.
Image: The US Navy delivered three Seahawk helicopters to the Danish Government. Photo: courtesy of Naval Air Systems Command.