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Norway purchases six military helicopters

Oslo buys first MH-60R "Seahawk" amphibious aircraft

The Government of Norway will buy six MH-60R "Seahawk" amphibious military helicopters produced by the American company Sikorsky (Lockheed Martin Group). The green light for the sale arrived in recent hours from Washington. These are rotary-wing vehicles that Oslo will allocate to the national navy and which will be used in search and rescue missions (SAR, Search and Rescue), coastal patrolling, off-shore surveillance.

"The platform has a long and proven track record of reliability and flexibility in operational environments similar to those faced by the Norwegian Air Force. That is why we believe the MH-60R is the solution that best meets the country's current requirements. As first-time operator of Seahawk helicopters, Norway is expected to receive all six MH-60Rs by 2027", explained Brigadier General Jarle Nergård, head of the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency.

The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter made its first flight on 12 December 1979 and was put on the market in 1984. The vehicle is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-401C turbo engines (1410 kW each). The empty weight is 6895 kg, it has a cruising speed of 270 km/h, a range of 830 km. It accommodates up to four crewmembers and five passengers on board. Among the armaments: torpedoes, air-to-ground missiles, mine clearance system.

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