SOURCE:Flight Daily News
Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky to submit Australia MH60R proposal
By Siva Govindasamy
The Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky team will submit its proposal for Australia's multi-mission helicopter requirement on Friday, and expects a decision to be made in the first quarter of 2011.
Their MH-60R is up against the NH Industries NH-90 in the 24-helicopter requirement, which is estimated to cost up to $2.1 billion. "We are very confident about our chances in this competition," says Leonard Wengler, vice-president for navy programmes at Sikorsky.
There is a little more uncertainty about India's naval helicopters competition. The MH-60R team submitted their proposal more than a year ago, but there has been no news since from New Delhi and it is still not clear if the requirement exists. The helicopter is up against the NH-90 there as well.
South Korea and the United Arab Emirates have submitted a letter of request for the MH-60R, while Denmark is expected to shortly begin a search to fulfill its requirement for naval multi-mission helicopters.