The United States Department of State gave its approval for the sale of helicopters MH-60R to South Korea.
On August 7, the DSCA — a U.S. cooperation agency in defense and security field — announced the Department of State gave approval for the sale of helicopters MH-60R to South Korea. The Korean Marine could have twelve multi-missions helicopters MH-60R. This FMS worth $800 million — which needs the Congress approval — also includes support and training.
The U.S. support the acquisition of these platforms by South Korea as they can strengthen aerial means of a major ally in the Indo-Pacific region. “It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist the Republic of Korea in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability”, states the DSCA. Multi-missions helicopters MH-60R will perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions, along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay.
Greece is also waiting for Congress approval of a similar sale regarding MH-60Rs. Currently, over 300 helicopter MH-60R Seahawk entered into service all around the world. The international fleet cumulates over 600,000 flying hours.