Team Seahawk nets second Foreign Military Sale, preps for next competition
This has been a busy year for Lockheed Martin and its Team Seahawk partners. Celebrations are underway in honor of the second Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of the MH-60R Romeo. The U.S. Navy announced an official agreement with the Danish government on Dec. 6 that paves the way for a fleet of nine Romeos to replace Denmark’s aging fleet of AgustaWestland Super Lynx helicopters.
“It’s great news that the Danish government has selected the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R, an aircraft we believe is the world’s most capable multi-mission maritime helicopter,” said Rear Adm. Paul Grosklags, Program Executive Officer, Air, ASW, Assault and Special Mission Programs. “Danish pilots and crew will be able to fly with the confidence that these aircraft have been proven operationally capable at sea and have the full logistics support already in place to ensure they are ready and able to fly anytime, anywhere in the world.”
In the midst of the excitement, preparations continue for the delivery, slated for late next year, of the first of an eventual 24 Romeos to the Royal Australian Navy. And the team is within sight of the finish line in the competition to provide the Republic of Korea with a fleet of MH-60R Romeo helicopters.
There’s a reason for the Romeo’s popularity, and the many merits of this multi-mission maritime helicopter are being recognized by a number of organizations. The Defense Department recently bestowed the Phoenix Award on an MH-60R squadron. The award is notable not only because it recognizes outstanding performance in field-level maintenance, but because this is the first and only helicopter squadron in the history of the award to receive the honor.
In early November, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine’s Program Excellence Awards selected the MH-60 Multi-Year Production contract to receive a number of accolades – two of 22 best practice awards (one for cost estimation and the second for supply chain collaboration) and a System Level Production award went to the MH-60R team at Lockheed Martin.