Australia to buy 12 American Seahawk helicopters

15:33, 09 October 2021
Australia to buy 12 American Seahawk helicopters Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The deal which also includes an electronic aircraft and technical equipment will reach $1 bln.

The State Department announced on Friday that it had agreed to sell a dozen attack helicopters and an electronic warfare plane to Australia.

Australia, who had earlier signed along with the US and the UK a historical AUKUS security pact to oppose China’s dominance in the Indo-Pacific region, requested 12 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters which are expected to cost at least $985 mln.

It will also purchase a Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft worth around $125 mln, as well as the necessary equipment and machinery for the planes.

The US administration has informed the Congress that it accepted the proposition.

"Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. It is vital to the US national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability," the State Department said in a statement.

The helicopters can be used for anti-surface-vehicles or anti-submarines operations, as well as for rescue, refueling or transport missions. Australia currently possesses 24 Seahawks and 10 Growlers.

Australia keeps reinforcing its military power after it got access to American technologies on nuclear-powered submarines as well as to AI and IT research.