US approves FMS sale to Greece

The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece worth $600 million for the MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters.

The government had requested to buy up to seven Helicopters. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in Oswego, New York.

The Hellenic Navy currently has 11 Sikorsky S-70 B maritime helicopters assigned to its 2nd Helicopter Squadron. The S-70 B is an export-focused variant of the older SH-60 Seahawk helicopter.

In addition to the seven helicopters, Greece requested to buy 100 Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) precision-guided rockets; 30 MK 54 lightweight hybrid torpedoes; 12 M-240 general-purpose machine guns; 12 GAU-21 .50 calibre machine guns; 1,000 AN/SSQ-36/53/62 anti-submarine sonobuoys; four AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles and two AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM).

The proposed sale also includes 18 T700 GE-401 C engines, 10 APS-l 53(V) multi-mode radars, seven Airborne Low Frequency Sonar systems, targeting, navigation and communication systems, along with other related equipment, facilities design, and construction, spare and repair parts, training and other program support.