The Spanish government has given the go-ahead to buy a final two Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk helicopters as part of a stopgap measure to cover the Armada's (Spanish Navy) requirements ahead of procuring a new European tactical transport replacement.
The cabinet approved a EUR36.3 million (USD40.2 million) budget on 9 November for the order, which will also include two non-flying helicopters for spares.
Spain first registered its interest in the SH-60F in 2012, agreeing to begin buying them under the US Navy Excess Defense Articles scheme.
The helicopters were withdrawn from US service in the six years leading up to 2014, with an average in-service commitment of 7,000 flying hours, according to a cabinet statement.
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