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Lockheed Delivers First Chopper to Australia

The Australian Navy received its first two state-of-the-art MH-60 Romeo helicopters at Lockheed Martin in Owego.
The Australian Navy received its first two state-of-the-art MH-60 Romeo helicopters at Lockheed Martin in Owego.

Lockheed equips the choppers with high-tech electronic systems that can detect threats underwater and on land. Its partner is Sikorsky, which builds the actual aircraft. The two helicopters were delivered at an event at Lockheed's facility that featured the unveiling of the aircraft, a patch signing ceremony and music by the Owego Free Academy Jazz Band. Australia will be receiving 22 more helicopters by the end 2016.

"This is a maritime combat helicopter, so its role is to hunt out submarines and other surface combatants that might not be very friendly to Australia, to Australia's partners and interests. It will work as part of team with the Australian fleet and allies and we have no greater ally than the United States," said Tony Dalton.

In addition to outfitting the helicopters for the US and Australian Navies, other countries are also interested in buying them.

"Denmark made a decision to purchase MH-60's last November. We're currently working on those aircraft, the first one will be delivered in May of 2016 and there are several other international countries that are very interested in Romeo as well. So, we have opportunities in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South America," said Tom Kane.

The U.S. Navy is already using the MH-60's and Lockheed and Sikorsky will be building more for the U-S military in the coming years.
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