The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters to Greece for an estimated cost of $600 million, through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019.
According to a statement from DSCA, this proposed sale will support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally, which is an important partner for political stability and economic progress in Europe. It added that the MH-60R helicopters will bolster the Hellenic Navy’s ability to support NATO and remain interoperable with the U.S. and the NATO alliance.
MH-60R is a variant of SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk (or Sea Hawk) twin engine, multi-mission helicopter developed for the U.S. Navy by Sikorsky (now part of Lockheed Martin). Seahawk is based on the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and is a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family.
The MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter will provide the capability to perform anti-surface warfare (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment (VERTREP), search and rescue (SAR), and communications relay.
The principal contractor of the possible sale will be Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in Owego, New York.
Sales Package for Greece:
The Government of Greece has requested to buy up to seven (7) MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with ten (10) APS-l 53(V) Multi-Mode Radars (7 installed, 3 spares); eighteen (18) T700 GE-401 C Engines (14 installed, 4 spares); seven (7) Airborne Low Frequency System (ALFS) (7 installed); ten (10) AN/ AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (7 installed, 3 spares); eighteen (18) Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) (14 installed, 4 spares); one-thousand (1,000) AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys; two (2) AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM); four (4) AGM-114Q Hellfire Training Missiles; one Hundred (100) Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) Rockets; thirty (30) MK 54 Torpedoes; twelve (12) M-2400 Crew Served Guns; and twelve (12) GAU-21 Crew Served Guns.
Also included are eighteen (18) AN/ARC-210 APX-1990A(C) Radios with COMSEC (14 installed and 4 spares); twenty-four (24) AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Devices; ten (10) AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders (8 installed, 2 spares); spare engine containers; facilities study, design, and construction; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communication 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 logistical and program support.