MH–60R Seahawk

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Product Type:

Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and
Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Helicopter

Using Service (US):


Program Status:

In Full Rate Production (FRP)

Prime Contractors:

Airframe: Sikorsky Aircraft (Lockheed Martin)
Avionics: Lockheed Martin Corp.

The MH-60R Seahawk

About the MH–60R Seahawk:

The Sikorsky MH–60R Seahawk (aka Romeo) Multi-Mission Helicopter is a twin-engine anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) helicopter. The MH-60R is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines, each delivering 1,800 shp. The MH-60R is equipped with fully-integrated avionics and mission systems from Lockheed Martin. The MH-60Rs cutting edge mission systems provide a formidable airborne multi-mission naval platform.

The MH-60R will replace the U.S. Navy's inventory of SH-60B (anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare) and SH-60F (anti-submarine warfare and search and rescue) helicopters and is designed to combine the capabilities of both. The MH-60R can carry up to 25 sonobuoys or 3 passengers and 6,000 pounds of external cargo.

The MH-60R made its first flight on July 19, 2001. The first new-build MH-60R helicopter was delivered in August 2005 and the U.S. Navy approved the MH-60R for full-rate production on March 31, 2006. In January 2009, the MH-60R was deployed for the first time with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike group. In November 2014, the U.S. Navy took delivery of its 200th MH-60R.

The MH-60R is designed to operate from destroyers (DDG), cruisers (CG) and aircraft carriers (CVN). For example, the Littoral Combat Ship, the DDG 51 AEGIS Destroyer and the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Destroyer can each carry up to two MH-60R helicopters. The MH-60R also operates from Nimitz Class aircraft carriers as part of carrier air wings. A Nimitz Class carrier air wing has four MH-60R or four SH-60F helicopters.

With its glass cockpit, the MH-60R incorporates active matrix liquid crystal displays used to facilitate pilot and co-pilot vertical and horizontal situation presentations. Another major design feature of the MH-60R is a so-called 'common cockpit' shared with the MH-60S Seahawk Fleet Combat Support Helicopter. This allows pilots to shift from one aircraft to another with minimal re-training. The common cockpit is designed and supplied by Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, New York. The common cockpit features the following: four 8x10 inch (20.3 x 25.4 cm) full-color flight and mission displays; the Rockwell Collins AN/ARC-210 full digital communications suite; the Northrop Grumman LN-100G Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System (INS/GPS); the Ku-band Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) Hawklink System (supplied by Harris Corporation); a mass memory data storage unit; a ruggedized integrated mission computer; a flight management computer and operations software; and a full-color, night vision capable, sunlight readable glass cockpit. The MH-60R has an estimated life of 10,000 flight hours or approximately 22 years.

The sensors package on the MH-60R includes the Raytheon AN/AAS-44C(V) forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system for expanded night vision and Hellfire targeting capability; the Telephonics AN/APS-147 or AN/APS-153(V) multi-mode radar; the Raytheon AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS) with expanded littoral and deep-water capability; Military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) based mission and flight management computers; and the Lockheed Martin AN/ALQ-210 Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system for passive detection, location and identification.

Countermeasures include the Orbital ATK AN/AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System; BAE Systems AN/ALQ-144 infra-red countermeasures system; and BAE Systems AN/ALE-39 chaff and flare decoy dispenser.


The MH-60R Seahawk carries either the M240 7.62mm machine gun or a GAU-21 .50 caliber pylon mounted machine gun and can be equipped with eight AGM-114 Hellfire missiles (on left and right extended pylons - 4 on each side) or three Mk 50 or Mk 54 torpedoes. Also, the MH-60R can carry up to 25 sonobuoys.

MH-60R Production Forecast:

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The MH-60R Seahawk missions are anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance, communications relay, combat search and rescue, naval gunfire support and logistics support. The MH-60R will be the forward deployed fleet's primary anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare platform. The MH-60R provides battle group protection and adds significant capability in coastal littorals and regional conflicts.

FY 2020 & FY 2021 - MH-60R DoD Program:

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Source: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Sikorsky, General Electric Co.,
Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman.

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