US approves major MH-60R sustainment sale to Australia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of non-MDE MH-60R sustainment items and services for an estimated cost of $162 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 19.
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Australian MH-60R Seahawk helicopter (Picture source: Australian MoD)

The Government of Australia has requested to buy additional non-MDE MH-60R sustainment items and services that will be added to a previously implemented case. The original FMS case, valued at $89.8 million, included MH-60R sustainment. The estimated total cost is $162 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.

The proposed sale will continue Australia’s capability to interoperate with U.S. forces by maintaining alignment with the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R program and maintain mission readiness to deter regional threats and strengthen its homeland defense. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Owego, NY. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.