LE BOURGET - June 21, 2011 - The Commonwealth of Australia has selected the U.S. Navy's MH-60R Seahawk helicopter powered by T700-401C engines (1,800 shaft-horsepower class) to fulfill the Australian Defense Force's requirement for 24 new generation multi-role naval aircraft.
Value of the deal, including engines, spares and the Total Logistics Support package, is approximately $100 million. Engine deliveries are expected to start in 2013, with initial helicopter deliveries scheduled for 2014.
"We would like to congratulate Team Romeo on its first-ever international sale of the MH-60R, and the entire Australian naval community," said Ed Birtwell, general manager of GE Aviation Turboshaft/Turboprop Programs. "We are confident that the low-risk, proven capability T700 design will deliver added value for critical maritime warfare capability".
Rugged, reliable and easily maintainable, the T700 family applies advanced technologies to an experience base of 50 million hours of operation. The T700/CT7 family of turboprop and turboshaft engines currently powers 25 types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, with more than 130 customers in 50 countries.
In addition to performing the primary mission roles of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, the MH-60R multi-role aircraft can also perform search and rescue, troop transport, medical evacuation, ship-to-ship replenishment and humanitarian relief operations.
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