US Approves Sale of 12 MH-60R Seahawks to Republic of Korea Navy

Above: A US Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to HSM- 46 takes off from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) in the Gulf of Aden on June 19, 2019.  The US has approved the sale of 12 MH-60Rs to South Korea.  US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Madysson Anne Ritter

US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission Helicopters.  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) confirmed the sale had been approved on August 7 and delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on the same day.

The Republic of Korea has requested purchase of 12 MH-60Rs, equipped with 13 APS-153(V) Multi-Mode Radars (12 installed, one spare); 25 T-700-GE-401C engines (24 installed, one spare); 12 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar Systems (ALFS); 13 AN/AAS-44C(V) Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (12 installed, one spare); 24 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM); 12 Link 16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems – Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade Two Terminals; four M-240D crew served guns; four GAU-21 crew served guns; and 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 sonobuoys.

Also included are 24 AN/ARC-210 RT-1990A(C) radios with Communications Security (COMSEC); 20 AN/ARC-220 High Frequency radios; 20 AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders; spare engine containers; facilities study; design and construction; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communications equipment; ferry support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; plus other related elements of logistics and programme support. The total estimated programme cost is $800 million.

The DSCA notes that the proposed sale will improve the Republic of Korea Navy’s capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions, along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay.  The Republic of Korea will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence.