Why 5 Countries – and Counting – Choose MH-60R for their Toughest Maritime Missions

Seventy-one percent of Earth’s surface is covered by water. With each passing year, what lurks beneath – enemy submarines, torpedoes, mines – becomes harder to stop.

That’s why now more than ever, navies around the world need something they can rely on to protect their shorelines.

Enter, the Sikorsky MH-60R Romeo® helicopter. Learn how it’s catching the eyes of seafarers around the world.

What Can it Do?

The MH-60R is known as “the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.” And for good reason – there’s already more than 300 of them operating worldwide.

What this really means? It’s better than any helicopter of its kind at:

•  Spotting underwater enemies
•  Detecting and engaging enemy threats
•  Sharing information with other assets to defeat the threat
•  Switching missions with ease
•  Taking off from anywhere (even the deck of a ship)
•  Multitasking
•  Lifting heavy cargo
•  Surviving the most extreme weather

And all that capability is delivered when our customers need it: The Lockheed Martin team has delivered these aircraft 100 percent on time. 

An International Star

Now, imagine a future where navies work together, using MH-60Rs to create safer seas.

For these five countries, that future comes a lot sooner than you think.

India Joins the MH-60R Global Fleet

In February 2020, India became the latest country to add 24 MH-60Rs to its fleet. They join fellow navies from the United States, Denmark, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

The MH-60 program manager for the U.S. Navy, Capt. Todd Evans, expressed his support: “We are pleased the government of India has selected the U.S. Navy's MH-60R. We’re confident that this aircraft will provide unparalleled capability to the Indian Navy for years to come.”

This agreement builds on an existing 30-year relationship between Lockheed Martin and the Indian armed forces. Lockheed Martin’s presence in India includes industrial involvement and programs like the S-92, C-130 and F-21.

“We are pleased the government of India has selected the U.S. Navy's MH-60R. We’re confident that this aircraft will provide unparalleled capability to the Indian Navy for years to come.” ~ Capt. Todd Evans, MH-60 program manager for the U.S. Navy

Long-Term Partners: U.S. Navy and the Romeo

The U.S. Navy was the first to adopt the helicopter in 2006. Since then, the Navy’s fleet has grown to 289 MH-60Rs that complete missions like search for enemy submarines, conduct daring at-sea rescues and engage undersea threats.

The Seahawk’s sustainment has been so successful that recently the Secretary of Defense awarded the Lockheed Martin team with its Performance Based Logistics (PBL) award, recognizing “outstanding creativity and innovation, resulting in superb combat readiness and superlative cost-wise performance to the fleet.” 

Photo: U.S. Navy

Australia’s Valued Sub Hunter

Australia received its first MH-60R in 2013, and since then it’s expanded to 24 helicopters. Primarily, MH-60R serves as its next-generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter. The Royal Australian Navy has even been able to integrate the MH-60R with more types of vessels than it had originally planned for.
Photo: Royal Australian Navy

NATO Support in the North Sea

Denmark became the third country to operate the MH-60R after Australia, receiving its first aircraft of nine in 2016. In the rugged North Sea, the helicopter has proved it can land even in the most precarious of places (Photo 1). Recently, MH-60R also showed off its ability to be aerially refueled from a ship (Photo 2) and has supported anti-piracy operations for NATO.
Photo: Royal Danish Air Force
Photo: Royal Danish Air Force

Shores of Saudi Arabia

Prior to India, Saudi Arabia was the latest nation to join the MH-60R family. With its first delivery in 2018, the Royal Saudi Navy will receive 10 MH-60R helicopters in total. Primarily, MH-60Rs in Saudi Arabia will operate in conjunction with the country’s next-generation Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships, also built by Lockheed Martin.
Photo: Lockheed Martin
No matter what’s to come on the horizon, the MH-60R will be ready. As more and more countries choose it to protect their shorelines, the MH-60R paves the way for a safer world for all of us – from the cliffs of Denmark, to the shores of Saudi Arabia and beyond.