Hellenic Navy Expects Three MH-60R ASW in February

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Hellenic Navy Expects Three MH-60R ASW in February
Hellenic Navy expects three MH-60R Sikorsky helicopters to arrive in February at the latest.

According to the Greek defence publication Defence Review’s article by Anastasios Papandreou, these helicopters belong essentially to the option of the original four helicopters to be delivered first because they belong to the American order that precedes it in time, original Greek. 

Greece has S-70B Aegean hawk helicopters equipped with two types of hopper sonars. The eight helicopters procured between 1991 and 1998 feature Bendix Oceanics’ AN/AQS-18(V)3 submersible passive/active sonar. The three helicopters received between 2000 and 2003 carry the advanced low-frequency sonar HELRAS of L3 of the same company. 

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The MH-60R is the newer version of the same Seahawks. Greece is buying seven MH-60R helicopters and related equipment, armament, training and initial support of $600 million. According to Defence and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announcement these helicopters are part of a deal with 14+4 T700 GE-401C engines, 7+3 surface search radar APS-153(V), 7+3 ALFS pulsed sonars, 7+3 systems electro-optic AN/AAS-44C(V), 14+4 integrated GPS/INS systems, 1000 sound buoys AN/SSQ-36/53/62, 30 Mk54 light torpedoes, 100 APKWS guided rockets, 6 AGM-114 Hellfire training missiles, 12 M-240 guns and 12 GAU-21 guns.

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