Norway to Buy 6 MH-60R Helicopters

The order marks the second Seahawk contract award for Lockheed Martin in the past month.

Norway will acquire six MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to support its coast guard. Pictured is a U.S. Navy MH-60R with door gunner. [Courtesy: Sikorsky]

Norway is set to buy six MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for maritime missions, Lockheed Martin has announced.

The contract award, placed through the U.S. Navy and announced October 26, marks the second Seahawk order in the past month. The company said it has orders or is in the process of manufacturing 64 MH-60R helicopters for India, Greece, South Korea, Australia, and Spain, in addition to Norway.

The multimission aircraft, designed and built by Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky, will be deployed for search and rescue, as well as coastal and offshore patrols.

"This platform has a long and proven track record of reliability and flexibility in operational environments similar to those faced by the [Royal] Norwegian Air Force and [Norwegian] Coast Guard," said Brigadier General Jarle Nergård, head of the air systems division of the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency. "This is why we believe the MH-60R is the solution that best meets Norway’s current requirements and why we are very pleased to see this contract moving forward."

The six helicopters purchased in the $364.3 million sale will be delivered from 2025 to 2027, Janes reported. The Seahawks will replace Norway's 14 NH90 helicopters and be based at Bardufoss Air Station.

Last month, Spain's navy announced a purchase of eight MH-60Rs as part of its ongoing fleet modernization. 

Kimberly is managing editor of FLYING Digital.

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