Work to integrate the new airframe into the first MH-60T will begin this month. The aircraft will be rebuilt at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
The airframe deliveries are part of a 10-year program to extend the service life of the Coast Guard’s existing fleet into the 2040s.
“The MH-60T is an important part of the execution of many Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, and our Service Life Extension Program is vital in maintaining this capability,” said Rear Admiral Michael Campbell, Coast Guard Director of Acquisition Programs and Program Executive Officer.
It was originally reported in January 2021 that Sikorsky had been contracted to deliver 25 MH-60T airframes to the US Coast Guard. This has since been extended, with parent company Lockheed Martin confirming that ‘Sikorsky is under a $374 million contract to deliver all 45 MH-60T airframes to the Coast Guard ALC through 2027, at a rate of 12 per year’.