Denmark confirms MH-60R selection to replace Lynx helicopters

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The Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk has been selected to replace Denmark's Westland Lynx shipborne helicopters, with the US team having beaten a rival offer of AgustaWestland's new-generation AW159 Lynx Wildcat.

The Danish defence ministry announced the decision on 21 November, and says the government's recommendation has been passed to the finance ministry for approval.

"It is gratifying that the politicians have followed our recommendation on the maritime helicopter defence should have in the future," says chief of defence Peter Bartram in a statement.

 

US Navy

Nine aircraft should be delivered to the Royal Danish Air Force's Karup air base between 2016 and 2018 under the acquisition, with the type to replace the service's Lynx 90B fleet in operation from 2017. Seven of the latter type are currently in use, says Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database.

Denmark's selection of the MH-60R follows that of launch export customer Australia, which will receive 24 of the type. The "Romeo" was developed for the US Navy, which has so far fielded around 170 examples.