Aircraft for Denmark

By Haley Burton

December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 10, 2012 at 7:51 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Lockheed Martin makes a major announcement of a contract from the U.S. Navy to deliver 9 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Denmark.

It's a $686 million dollar deal. Denmark will use the helicopters for its Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program.

"We feel very fortunate they selected us. We feel they selected us based on the fact that we are the lowest risk option and the best value.... It highlights we have a very quality aircraft, said Thomas Kane, Director of Naval Helicopter Programs, "It's a great day for the site. It's a great day for the MH-60 program and it's a great day for the men and women who work on this platform."

Denmark is the second country to buy MH-60R helicopters. Australia bought 24 aircraft in 2011.

"We have a number of aircraft in production today and this aircraft is globally supportable no matter where it goes. This will provide tremendous capability to the United States Navy and it will be ready for operations the moment we deliver the aircraft," said Kane, "This has a world class number of sensors on it to be able to perform its mission which is anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare... It has a supply chain already set up with the U.S. Navy. I think that was one of the advantage our aircraft had is that there is a supply system it helps with repair, support and life cycle cost."

All nine aircraft will be delivered to Denmark by 2018. The first is scheduled to go out in May 2016.

"We look forward to working with the Danish armed forces for the next 30 years," said Kane.

Kane says Lockheed Martin has a number of other international opportunities coming up. In particular with the Republic of Korea, Qatar and the UAE. He also says Norway is interested in the aircraft.

The U.S. Navy was supported in its winning proposal by Team Seahawk. That consists of MH-60R aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, mission systems integrator Lockheed Martin, engine manufacturer GE, sensor supplier Raytheon Corp., and training supplier CAE.