​US clears Greek MH-60R helicopters acquisition

​US clears Greek MH-60R helicopters acquisition

The US government has cleared the potential sale of seven Lockheed Martin MH-60R multi-mission helicopters for Greece.


The $600 million package includes the helicopters, which are optimised for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, as well as sensors, weapons, and services related to the acquisition.


If concluded, the deal will be conducted under the US government’s Foreign Military Sales process.


“The proposed sale will improve Greece’s capability to meet current and future threats,” says a statement from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.


“The MH-60R Multi-Mission 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.”


Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that the Hellenic Navy operates 18 rotorcraft, all with the primary mission of maritime patrol, ASW, and surveillance.


The in service fleet comprises 11 Sikorsky S-70Bs with an average age of 20.8 years, and seven Leonardo (Agusta-Bell) AB212s, with an average age of 37.4 years.