Norway to buy six MH-60R Seahawk helicopters

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to produce six multi-mission MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for the Norwegian government.

Designed and built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, MH-60R aircraft will enable Norway to perform multiple maritime missions, including search and rescue and coastal and offshore patrol.

Notably, Norway’s order marks the second MH-60R contract award in less than a month.

Earlier, on October 12, the U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for eight Spanish Navy MH-60R aircraft.

Sikorsky has delivered 330 MH-60R aircraft to five countries. Sixty-four more are on order or in production for India, Greece, South Korea, Australia, Spain and Norway.

A first-time operator of SEAHAWK helicopters, Norway is expected to receive all six MH-60R aircraft by 2027.

The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter brings transformational anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capabilities to navies around the world.

Designed and built to U.S. Navy specifications, the ‘Romeo’ aircraft is rugged, powerful, and reliable. Whether operating from shore or ship, MH-60R operators can confidently prosecute the mission, and return home safely.

The MH-60R aircraft is built on four decades of SEAHAWK learning and knowledge.

  • Advanced digital sensors include the multi-mode radar, electronic support measures system, electro-optical/infrared camera, datalinks, aircraft survivability systems, dipping sonar and sonobuoys.
  • The fully-integrated mission system processes sensor data to build a complete situational picture of the ocean surface and subsea domain.
  • With actionable knowledge, the crew can track, target and engage ships or submarines effectively and efficiently.
  • Weapons include torpedoes, air-to-ground missiles and rockets, and crew served guns.

Constant upgrades to aircraft and sensors, and a best-in-class sustainment program are key to the MH-60R aircraft’s unparalleled mission capability, mission availability and flight readiness.

  • Lockheed Martin’s Performance Based Logistics program for U.S. Navy MH-60R helicopters enables 95 percent flight readiness and availability — a rate unmatched by other maritime helicopters.
  • The U.S. Navy’s MH-60R roadmap will maintain the Romeo’s operational edge to 2045 and beyond.