International MH-60R “Romeo” Programs Pick Up the Pace
The maritime powerhouse that protects fleets from surface and submarine threats has picked up the pace on international programs in Australia and Denmark. (Photo credit: U.S. Navy)
October 2015 marked the first delivery of Danish MH-60R “Romeo” helicopters to the U.S. Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy also took delivery of its 14th aircraft ahead of schedule.
As threats become more complex and the demand for superior anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) grows, the MH-60R multi-mission helicopter delivers the capability and agility needed to address the evolving defense environment worldwide.
“MH-60R helicopters shift the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, effectively addressing today’s increasing submarine and surface warfare threats,” Tom Kane, Lockheed Martin director of Naval Helicopter Programs. “We are honored to partner with Sikorsky Aircraft, the U.S. Navy and our international partners to deliver these capabilities through our systems integration role.”
Aboard the MH-60R, sensor data is integrated into actionable information for the three-member crew. The mission systems compile data from onboard and off board sensors to create an integrated picture that allows the helicopter to identify, locate, track and prosecute threats.
In addition to the MH-60R’s unmatched capability in its primary mission areas of ASW and ASuW, it also has the capability for secondary missions such as search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and VHF/UHF/link communication relay.
All international MH-60R partners can share in the U.S. Navy’s ongoing technical insertion roadmap, mitigating obsolescence and keeping pace and ahead of the maritime threats for the next 30 years and beyond.