Lockheed MartinÂ has delivered Denmark’s first order of the Sikorsky-builtÂ MH-60R helicopter to the U.S. NavyÂ ahead of a scheduled series of tests.
The company said ThursdayÂ the helicopter is the first of nine plannedÂ MH-60R purchases by Denmark to support search-and-rescue, surveillance, anti-surface warfare and anti-piracy operations.
TheÂ MH-60RÂ will undergo validation tests on the configuration modifications before the Navy delivers it to the Danish air force by the second quarter of 2016.
Stephanie Hill, vice president and general manager of ship and aviation systems at Lockheed, said the Danish air force plans to use the helicopter as a multi-mission platform for missions in the northern Atlantic and Arctic regions.
Lockheed provided the advanced mission systems and sensors for the MH-60R,Â which is the Romeo variant of the MH-60 Seahawk.
The program has scheduled a 2018 delivery for the full fleet of DanishÂ MH-60R orders.