Sikorsky MH-60R Romeo Utility Maritime Helicopter
Sikorsky MH-60R Romeo Utility Maritime Helicopter

Lockheed Martin Awarded $18 Million Modify Contract for MH-60R Helicopters for Indian Navy

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded an $18,100,000 (INR 135.5 crore) modification (P00015) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-19-C-0013. This modification provides non-recurring efforts and modifies three Lot 14 MH-60R helicopters to the initial India configuration in support of the MH-60R modification program for the government of India. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (95%); and Stratford, Connecticut (5%), and is expected to be completed by March 2022. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

India has signed a contract with the U.S. government to procure 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ maritime multi-mission helicopters for the Navy. The $2.6 billion (INR 18,608 crore) deal was signed on February 25, 2020 on the sidelines of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India. The Indian Navy will receive three new (undelivered) MH-60R helicopters formerly meant for the U.S. Navy by the end of 2020. On May 14, Lockheed Martin won $904.8 million to deliver 21 of these helicopters to India and three for the U.S. Navy. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) funds in the amount of $791.7 million were obligated at time of award which is the value of the Indian contract.

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Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk Maritime Helicopter
Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk Maritime Helicopter

The Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk (or Sea Hawk) is a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission United States Navy helicopter based on the United States Army UH-60 Black Hawk and a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. The most significant modifications are the folding main rotor and a hinged tail to reduce its footprint aboard ships. The MH-60R was originally known as “LAMPS Mark III Block II Upgrade” when development began in 1993 with Lockheed Martin (formerly IBM/Loral). The production variant was redesignated MH-60R to match its multi-mission capability.[15] The MH-60R was formally deployed by the US Navy in 2006. The MH-60R is designed to combine the features of the SH-60B and SH-60F

The MH-60R provides a vital capability for the Indian Navy in the Indo-Pacific region. The US Navy and its’ MH-60R international partners are committed to operating the MH-60R for the next 30 years. An MH-60R acquisition allows the Indian Navy to benefit from an active production line getting them this capability quickly, and the ongoing support we are providing for over 300 MH-60Rs flown by the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Danish Navy, and the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. MH-60R acquisition ensures partner Navies are part of the technology insertion roadmap, including obsolescence mitigation, ensuring the Romeo stays relevant and ahead of the evolving threat environment.

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