Behind the Seahawk Fleet’s 1m Flight Hours: Performance-Based Logistics
The U.S. Navy’s fleet of MH-60R “Romeo” and MH-60S “Sierra” SEAHAWK® aircraft has surpassed 1 million flight hours since their induction into the fleet in 2004.
Romeo and Sierra aircraft deploy on frigates, destroyers, cruisers, aircraft carriers and other air-capable surface ships. The multi-mission helicopters are capable of anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, vertical replenishment and medical evacuation.
Behind the scenes, the U.S. Navy’s fleet of 464 Romeos and Sierras require maintenance and sustainment to achieve their target flight hours. For 11 years, the Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo) has kept SEAHAWK® helicopters flying by providing the fleet with performance-based logistics (PBL) to sustain the systems longer.
PBL helps to achieve effective, cost-efficient programs by implementing an incentive model that fosters innovative and creative solutions to reduce costs and ensure operational readiness.
Currently, MHSCo is managing spare and repaired parts for more than 1,710 aircraft and avionics components across more than 500 H-60 naval helicopters worldwide.