Contract For Four MH-60R Seahawks For Greece

SHAH ALAM: Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$193 million (RM803 million) contract on Oct. 26 by the Pentagon for the production and delivery of four MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters to Greece. Three of the helicopters will be optimised for anti submarine warfare as Greece also exercised an option to buy three airborne low frequency sonars (ALFS) with the contract. It is likely the fourth one will be used for training and utility duties as it is not equipped with the ALFS.

A USN MH-60R Seahawk demonstrating the use of airborne low frequency sonar. USN

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $193,980,348 contract modification (P00019) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N00019-19-C-0013. This modification adds a $180,000,000 not-to-exceed, undefinitized line item for the production and delivery of four MH-60R aircraft, and exercises a $13,980,348 option to procure three airborne low frequency sonars in support of the government of Greece.
Work will be performed in Owego, New York (49%); Stratford, Connecticut (37%); Troy, Alabama (7%); Brest, France (6%); and Portsmouth, Rhode Island (1%), and is expected to be completed in February 2025. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $43,980,348 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

RSAF Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk helicopter. Note the drum for the dipping sonar

Based on the release above, the helicopters alone cost US$180 million meaning each cost US$45 million. And the three airborne sonars costs some US$14 million or US$4.6 million each. It is interesting to note that if we were to buy the four helicopters today it will cost around RM188 million each and another RM20 million for the ALFS.

A RMN Super Lynx firing a Sea Skua missile. RMN

The total cost for four Seahawks if we buy them at the moment, will amount to some RM1 billion or so if we include training, maintenance and the weapons package.

— Malaysian Defence

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