13 octobre 2021 | International, Naval

Royal Australian Navy cleared to buy 12 more MH-60R submarine-hunting helicopters

The US Department of State has approved a potential Foreign Military Sales deal for the Royal Australian Navy of 12 additional Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk submarine-hunting helicopters for an estimated $985 million.


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    27 octobre 2020 | International, Aérospatial, C4ISR

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    23 août 2018 | International, C4ISR

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    22 mars 2021 | International, C4ISR

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