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Australia Selects U.S. Navy's MH-60R SEAHAWK® Helicopter for Air 9000 Phase 8 Program

The U.S. Navy announced the Commonwealth of Australia has selected the MH-60R SEA- HAWK® helicopter to fulfill the Australian Defence Force’s AIR 9000 Phase 8 requirement for a fleet of 24 new-genera- tion, multi-role naval combat aircraft. The Commonwealth will acquire the helicopters with associated training and logisti- cal support via the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program. “The companies that com-

prise Team Romeo are honored by the Commonwealth’s choice of the MH-60R Romeo heli- copter to protect Australia’s

maritime interests,” said Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky Military Systems. “We look for- ward to collaborating with the Royal Australian Navy and local industry across Australia as we build and integrate these proven SEAHAWK aircraft,” Maurer said. Team Romeo principals

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a sub- sidiary of United Technologies Corp. and Lockheed Martin have co-developed and delivered maritime helicopters for the U.S. Navy for more than 35 years. They are teamed with engine manufacturer GE Aviation, sonar and sensor provider Raytheon Company, and training and simulator provider CAE for the Phase 8 competition. “The MH-60R helicopter is a

sophisticated sensor platform that has proven its ability to protect the U.S. fleet from sub- marines, ships and fast attack boats,” said Dan Spoor, Lockheed Martin Aviation Systems vice president. “We are committed to providing the Australian fleet with the same advanced capabilities, as the U.S. Navy continues its invest- ment in the aircraft,” Spoor commented.

The Commonwealth of Australia this week signed the Letter of Acceptance, a formal agreement with the U.S. Navy. This is the first-ever purchase of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R heli- copter outside the United States, with delivery of the first two MH- 60R helicopters in 2014. ◆

Sikorsky Aerospace Services Announces Teaming Agreement with Saab

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced recently the signing of a teaming agreement at the Paris Air Show with the Swedish defence and security company Saab to support the fleet of 15 UH-60M helicopters recently purchased by the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV). Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket divi- sion of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Under the teaming agree- ment, SAS and Saab, Sweden’s largest defense contractor, will provide logistics support for the UH-60M BLACK HAWK heli- copters. The program, desig- nated HKP 16, will be operated by the Swedish Air Force in


Linköping, the main base for maintenance, inspections and repairs. The agreement will commence when the first UH- 60M helicopter is delivered later this year. “We look forward to working with Saab to ensure this power- ful aircraft operates at peak readiness rates and enables the Swedish Air Force to successful- ly conduct their missions,” said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. The purchase of the 15

Sikorsky UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters by the FMV under the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program was announced last month. The Swedish Armed Forces intend to use the aircraft for medical evacuation, utility, and search and rescue missions. “This is yet another key step in our efforts regarding mainte- nance, support and training in the helicopter field. Our col- laboration with Sikorsky means that we are building up expertise with regard to Sweden's new helicopter system that has recently been purchased from the USA,” said Lars-Erik Wige,

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