LYNN, Mass. – December 10, 2012 – The U.S. Navy announced that the Danish government signed an official letter of offer and acceptance formalizing its intent to buy nine GE T700-powered MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters and comprehensive logistics support for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program.
Valued at US $686 million (Kr 4 billion), the aircraft will be procured via the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales program.
"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."
Denmark is the second country to buy MH-60R helicopters following Australia's purchase of 24 aircraft in 2011. All nine aircraft will be delivered to the Danish government by 2018.
The Danish aircraft are configured for anti-surface warfare operations, including defending Danish interests in the North Atlantic, executing anti-piracy operations and conducting other missions during international deployments.
The U.S. Navy was supported in its winning proposal by Team Seahawk, consisting of MH-60R airframe manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin, engine manufacturer GE, sensor supplier Raytheon Corp., and training supplier CAE.
GE Aviation will provide 18 install engines, plus four spare engines in support of this selection.
“We are pleased to be part of such a great team that is dedicated to the success of the MH-60R,” said Bjorn Gidner, GE Military Systems Operation Senior Sales Manager.
GE's successful T700/CT7 family of turboprop and turboshaft engines powers 25 types of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in service with more than 130 customers in more than 60 countries.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings.
SEAHAWK® is registered trademark of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Engine deliveries are expected to start in 2013, with initial helicopter deliveries scheduled for 2014.
GE has been awarded a three-year, $105 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract by the U.S. Navy to provide support for T700 helicopter engines.
The aircraft has a full glass cockpit with a fully digital fly-by-wire flight control system, automatic blade and tail fold, 360-degree Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR), self-defence suite...