MH-60R Naval Combat Helicopter

Photo credit: Royal Australian Navy

The MH-60R is the most capable and mature Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) multi-mission helicopter available in the world today.

The helicopter serves as the cornerstone of the Navy’s Helicopter Concept of Operations, capable of detecting and prosecuting modern submarines in littoral and open ocean scenarios. The Seahawk “Romeo” fleet operates off the RAN's ANZAC-class frigates and the Hobart-class air warfare destroyers.

It also has the capability for secondary missions including search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and VHF/UHF/link communication relay.

We provide through life support logistics services to sustain peak flight readiness for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.


Program Milestones

  • September 2016: The Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky team delivered the 24th and final  MH-60R missionised aircraft to the RAN.
  • June 2015: The Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky team delivered the 12th of 24 MH-60R missionised aircraft to the RAN – and all aircraft were delivered ahead of schedule.
  • April 2014: Lockheed Martin announced that it had delivered its MH-60R Electronic Warfare Support System (EWSS) to the RAN. The EWSS will provide the RAN with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads installed on the Australian Romeo fleet. Work on the project began in 2012 and ended in April 2014, with system demonstration and training at the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit in Adelaide, South Australia.
  • December 2013: The U.S. Navy took delivery of the first mission-ready MH-60R helicopters for transfer to the Royal Australian Navy.
  • June 2011: Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy responded to the Australian Defence Force’s need for a fleet of new-generation, multi-role naval combat helicopters with the MH-60R.

MH-60 Squadrons Around the World