Lockheed Martin to manufacture 12 MH-60R helicopters for South Korea

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $447,230,778 firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R aircraft for the government of the Republic of Korea.

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Lockheed Martin to manufacture 12 MH 60R helicopters for South Korea  An MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 takes off from the deck of the Canadian frigate HMCS Regina (FFH 334) (Picture source: US Navy)

The Sea Hawk is a twin-engine helicopter equipped for a range of missions, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), search-and-rescue (SAR), naval gunfire support (NGFS), surveillance, communications relay, logistics support and personnel transfer, and vertical replenishment (VERTREP).

The Republic of Korea has requested to buy 12 MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters, equipped with the following: 13 APS-153(V) Multi-Mode Radars (12 installed, 1 spare); 25 T-700-GE-401C Engines (24 installed, 1 spare); 12 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar Systems (ALFS) (12 installed); 13 AN/AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (12 installed, 1 spare); 24 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) (24 installed); 12 Link 16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems – Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade Two Terminals; ) M-240D crew-served guns; 4 GAU-21 crew-served guns; and 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys.

Also included are 24 AN/ARC-210 RT-1990A(C) radios with Communications Security (COMSEC); 20 AN/ARC-220 High Frequency radios; 20 AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders; spare engine containers; facilities study; design and construction; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communications equipment; ferry support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%), and is expected to be completed in December 2024. Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $447,230,778 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.