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US DoD contracts announced for MH-60R, engineering support

Australian Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment jump off a U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk as part of a small boat operations activity during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. Australian Army soldiers and U.S. Marines conduct a joint insertion via helicopter called ' Helo-casting' where personnel jump from a low flying helicopter into the ocean, also taking a packed Zodiac F470 boat which is then inflated once in the water. Photo: CPL John Solomon.

Australia is set to receive MH-60R Seahawk equipment and engineering support under two contracts announced by the US Department of Defense.

Australia is set to receive MH-60R Seahawk equipment and engineering support under two contracts announced by the US Department of Defense.

The US DoD announced a US$67million contract for a MH-60R Enhanced Landing Safety Officer Part Task Trainer and associated data packages on 31 May.

The CAE USA contract also provides for technical engineering modifications and system configuration upgrades for fielded training systems including Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, Avionics Maintenance and Weapons Load Trainer, Composite Maintenance Trainer, ELSOPTT, Rear Crew Trainer, and Automatic Flight Control System Trainer for the Australian government.

Work will be performed in NSW and Florida and is expected to be completed in May 2028.

The US DoD also announced a US$19million contract modification with Raytheon to exercise options for Planar Array Antenna Assembly engineering support and material in support of engineering efforts, and spares for the Cooperative Engagement Capability program.

Work is expected to be completed by July 2024 with working capital funds amounting to US$15 million as well as US$883,924 in Canadian and US$435,970 in Australian foreign military sales funding.

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