Hellenic Navy will replace aging AB212ASW with Sikorsky’s latest version of SeaHawk MH60R’s. Greece will take 7 MH-60R’s and will become the second operator of this helicopters after Denmark. The delivery dates did not announced yet.
US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Greece of seven MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of USD 600 million.
The Government of Greece has requested to buy up to seven MH-60R Seahawks including ten APS-l 53(V) Multi-Mode Radars (three spares), eighteen T700 GE-401 C Engines (four spares) and a large number of systems, radios, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders, Night Vision Devices, sensors, navigation systems and weapons like a thousand sonobuoys, six Hellfire training missiles, hundred Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) Rockets, thirty Mk 4 Torpedoes and some door guns.
Within the possible contract, spare and repair parts, logistic support and test equipment, training of personnel and equipment is included. The Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems MH-60R helicopters will bolster the Diikissi Aeroporias Naftikou (Hellenic Navy Air Command). No timeframe has been given so far.
The Hellenic Navy is currently equipped with three S-70B, eight S-70B-6 AegeanHawks and seven AB212ASW based at Marathon/Kotroni air base. It is not known yet if the new Greek Romeos will add the fleet or replace the eldery AB212ASW helicopters.