MH-60R Seahawk

A MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter loaded with a Mk 54 torpedo during a firing serial.
Type
Anti-submarine/Anti-surface/Search and Rescue helicopter
Manufacturer
Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin
Origin
USA
Number Ordered
24
First Delivered
2013
Last Delivered
2016
Speed 180 knots
Range
245 nautical miles
Crew
4
Engines 2 x General Electric T700-GE-401
Weapon Systems
  • AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles
  • Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedo
Operated by
725 Squadron

The MH-60R Seahawk is the Royal Australian Navy's next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter and will form a very important part of it's operations for years to come.
 
The MH-60R is equipped with a highly sophisticated combat systems designed to employ Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and the Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedo. The primary missions of the 'Romeo' helicopter is anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare. Secondary missions include search and rescue, logistics support, personnel transport and medical evacuation.

The MH-60R and its mission systems will replace the fleet’s S-70B-2 Seahawk aircraft.

The Australian Government approved the acquisition of 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters at a cost of over $3 billion. The helicopters are largely military off-the-shelf built by Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin and were acquired through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process from the US Navy.

Navy will have the capacity to provide at least eight warships with a combat helicopter at the same time, including Anzac Class frigates and the new Air Warfare Destroyers. The remainder will be based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales, and will be in various stages of the regular maintenance and training cycle.

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The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Romeo helicopter conducts functional testing of the newly fitted Airborne Low Frequency Sonar System (ALFS) off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.
The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Romeo helicopter conducts functional testing of the newly fitted Airborne Low Frequency Sonar System (ALFS) off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.