Two S-70B for the Hellenic Navy
Greece ordered two new S-70B and FLIR (Forward looking infrared camera) upgrades to the 8 helicopters already in service with the Hellenic Navy.
Sikorsky, June 14, 2000 - ATHENS - The government of Greece has signed a contract to purchase two Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk helicopter with an option to buy an additional two aircraft.
The contract also calls for FLIR upgrades to the eight S-70B aircraft already in service with the Hellenic Navy. The contract was signed June 12 by Andonios Kandas, the Director General, Ministry of National Defense, and James J. Satterwhite, Sikorsky's vice-president for International Business Development. The Hellenic Navy already operates eight S-70B-6 helicopters, which are called AEGEAN HAWKs. The first aircraft arrived in Greece in 1995.
The Hellenic Navy S-70B-6 is designed to perform Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Unit Warfare (ASuW) missions with its integrated suite of dipping sonar, search radar, electronic support measures and the Penguin anti-ship missile. AEGEAN HAWK helicopters of the Hellenic Navy also support civilian search and rescue needs, including medical evacuation missions transporting patients from remote islands to mainland medical facilities.
The contract, which includes spare parts and additional training for aircrews, is a direct commercial sale.
Sikorsky's technical and systems integration expertise enables international customers to modify the S-70 Seahawk to their maritime helicopter requirements. Thailand, Spain, Australia, Japan, and Taiwan all fly custom-equipped Seahawks, while Turkey has eight under contract.