LONDON — The Danish military has selected Sikorsky’s MH-60R helicopter over the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat to equip its maritime forces with a new platform starting 2016.
The Danish Defense Ministry announced Nov. 21 they would buy nine of the U.S. helicopters offered by Sikorsky and its partner, Lockheed Martin.
The aircraft, which will be used for surveillance, fisheries inspection and search and rescue, will be delivered over a two-year period starting 2016.
Already purchased by the U.S. Navy and the Australian military, the MH-60R beat out incumbent supplier AgustaWestland, which offered the Lynx. The U.K. built Wildcat, a much updated version of the Lynx, is scheduled to come into service with the British Army and the Royal Navy in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Eurocopter’s AS565 Panther was eliminated from the competition at the start of the year.