Spanish Navy Signs Deal for 8 MH-60R Seahawk Helicopters

Sikorsky’s advanced multimission helicopters feature advanced missions systems and sensors for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

Lockheed Martin has received a contract award from the U.S. Navy to build eight Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters like this one for the Spanish Navy. [Credit: Lockeed Martin]

Spain's navy is set to expand its Seahawk helicopter fleet with a purchase of eight Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters, Lockheed Martin announced.

The advanced  multimission helicopters, featuring advanced missions systems and sensors for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, represent a significant upgrade for the Spanish Navy Armada's maritime capability, according to the aircraft manufacturer.

“The new MH-60R will upgrade mission systems and sensors of the SH-60B fleet, elevating the Armada to the highest level of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capability,” Hamid Salim, vice president of Sikorsky Maritime Systems, said in a statement.  “We expect a smooth transition from the SH-60B to the MH-60R.”

The buy advances the Armada's ongoing fleet modernization. Last year, the Spanish Navy retired the last 18 of its Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopters. 

The Armada fleet also includes a dozen SH-60B Seahawk helicopters and eight SH-60F Seahawks that had been retired by the U.S. Navy.

Kimberly is managing editor of FLYING Digital.

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