August 30 2015
In May 2015 Saudi Arabia requested a sale for 10 MH-60R ‘Multi-Mission Helicopters’ with spare-parts and logistical and maintenance support for $1.9bn U.S. On August 27 2015 the U.S Department of Defense awarded a $11.8mn contract to Science Applications International Corp to provide “weapon systems support and sustainment” for the Saudi order.
The MH-60R is a variant of the SH-60 Seahawk, which itself is a variant of the venerable UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopter. The MH-60R will be deployed with the Saudi Navy, and it is capable of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) through the use of Mk.54 air-launched torpedoes.
Saudi Arabia is one of America’s largest importers of modern weapons. The country imported close to $2.5bn US in weapons since 2010 (SIPRI) and has tens of billions of dollars worth of systems on order.