Wherefore art thou, (MH-60) Romeo?

Navies looking for a multi-mission helicopter can find the MH-60 Romeo at Australia’s Avalon Air Show


file Two MH-60 Romeo maritime, multi-mission helicopters will be featured at this week’s Avalon Air Show in Australia.

Shakespeare has nothing to do with it this time, but Romeo is still charming audiences. The MH-60R helicopter, or Romeo, is captivating navies around the world with its many capabilities.

Lockheed Martin and partner Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation have already delivered more than 85 Romeos, which will replace the aging fleet of SH-60B and SH-60F helicopters by 2013. The Navy roadmap includes a fleet of 280 MH-60S and 300 MH-60R aircraft by 2015.

Avalon 2011

Avalon 2011 – the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition – takes place at the Avalon Airport near Melbourne March 1-6. In addition to the MH-60R helicopter, Lockheed Martin will have a number of other products on display, including:
   - EQ-36 Radar
   - Air Warfare Destroyer
   - TPS-79 3-D Tactical Air Surveillance Radar

Check out the latest photos of the MH-60R and the USS Shoup at the Avalon 2011.

For more information on Lockheed Martin’s activity at Avalon 2011, visit http://www.lockheedmartin.com/avalon/

The Romeo has also caught the attention of navies in Australia, Denmark, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. In response to the Australian Navy’s RFP last year for a maritime combat helicopter, the Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky team submitted the MH-60R.

“The competition for Australia’s maritime combat helicopter is heating up, and we recently learned that the USS Shoup, an Aegis-equipped destroyer, will accompany two Romeos to the Australian International Air Show in March,” said George Barton, director of Naval Helicopter Programs for Lockheed Martin’s Ship & Aviation Systems. “Australian officials and media will have the opportunity to tour the helicopters and ship during the Avalon Air Show.”

Primarily designed for submarine hunting and anti-surface warfare, Romeos can also handle search and rescue, naval surface fire support, personnel transport, medical evacuations, and communications and data relay.

The fondness for the helicopters is partly due to its technological advances: The helicopters use digital screens and advanced sensor suites to provide pilots with a more accurate picture of what’s happening on and under the water than previous aircraft.

Romeos also interface with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System. The helicopters provide a ship’s crew with the data it gathers from its radars and surveillance systems, helping to validate a ship’s or sub’s friend or foe status.