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US approves MH-60R sale to Greece

15 July 2019
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The Hellenic Navy has been approved to buy seven MH-60R maritime helicopters to augment and replace current types. Source: US Navy

The US State Department has approved the sale of seven Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multimission helicopters to Greece.

The proposed sale, which was announced by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 July, covers the maritime helicopters for the Hellenic Navy, as well as spares, systems, weapons, training, and support. The estimated value is USD600 million.

“The MH-60R helicopters will bolster the Hellenic Navy’s ability to support NATO and remain interoperable with the US and the NATO alliance. The proposed sale will improve Greece’s capability to meet current and future threats. The MH-60R multimission helicopter will provide the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay,” the DSCA said in its approval notification.

Specifically, the systems to be provided comprise Airborne Low Frequency Systems (ALFS); AN/ AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems; Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM); AN/AVS-9 night-vision goggles; and 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys.

Weapons include 100 BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) guided-rockets; 30 Mk 54 torpedoes; as well as M240 and GAU-21 crew-served guns. Lockheed Martin AGM-114 M36-E9 Hellfire captive air training missiles and AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles have been requested, but the live-fire missiles have not.

The State Department approval comes about five months after the Greek government first disclosed in February its intention to procure the MH-60R helicopter.

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