First flight production MH-60R
06 Aug 2005
On 28 July 2005, the first production MH-60R completed its maiden flight at the Sikorsky Aircraft facility. The aircraft flew a total of 1.5 hours and performed the entire flight acceptance profile, which included flight control checks, vibration measurements and engine power checks, without incident.
The Sikorsky MH-60R is the US Navy's next generation submarine hunter and surface attack helicopter. It will replace the fleet's legacy SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft. The Navy is expected to order as many as 254 MH-60R aircraft through 2015, with production quantities increasing to 30 aircraft per year.
MH-60R test aircraft completed a six-month Techinical Evaluation by the US Navy in February 2005. Since May, the 'Romeo' has been in Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) with VX-1, based at Patuxent River. OPEVAL is expected to complete in September, after which introduction into the fleet and full-rate production will follow.
- Lockheed Martin