|One of the two Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopters flies into the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, on August 8 prior to its sea voyage to Thailand. Sikorsky|
Two MH-60S Seahawk helicopters flew into the Port of Baltimore on August 8 headed to the Royal Thai Navy, marking the first delivery of the MH-60 to an international customer.
The US Navy flew the helicopters from Owego, New York State, to the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, ahead of their ocean voyage to Thailand. The aircraft were acquired through the US Government’s Foreign Military Sales programme.
“MH-60S ‘Sierra’ helicopters have proven to be highly reliable utility aircraft for the U.S. Navy fleet,” said Michael Sears, the U.S. Navy’s international H-60 deputy programme manager. “We are honored to provide Thailand with the same capability, along with pilot and maintainer training, spares and logistical support.”
The new Sierra aircraft are an integral part of the Royal Thai Navy’s fleet modernization programme to augment the capabilities of six Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk and six marinized S-76B helicopters acquired through US Foreign Military Sales in the late 1990s. The Navy has expressed interest in additional MH-60S purchases.
The MH-60S helicopters acquired by the Royal Thai Navy are designed for utility missions, such as logistics and troop transport. In addition, the standard searchlight and rescue hoist will enable aircrew to perform search and rescue missions.
MH-60S and MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters are designed and manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Lockheed Martin provides the digital cockpit for both MH-60 helicopter types, and is the systems integrator for the MH-60R platform.