Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Lieutenant General Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghafili launched on 23 December the Multi-Mission Combat Navy Helicopters (MH-60R).
The launch was attended by the Commander of the US Central Command, Fifth Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Samuel Paparo, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
During the inauguration ceremony, Al-Ghafili expressed the Royal Saudi Naval Forces' pride to have the Multi-Mission Helicopters (MH-60R) which come in line with the strategic objectives of the future vision of the Ministry of Defense.
Al-Ghafili said that this type of aircraft possesses the latest technologies and systems, which will enhance the capabilities of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces to face all challenges and threats in the region.
The width of the fuselage is 1.8 meters, its height is 1.3 meters, and the take-off weight is about 10.6 tons. There is a version for surface ships and another for anti-submarines, and its armament load ranges from 2.7 to 3 tons of munitions. It has a top speed of 267 km / h, a range of 834 km, and a maximum flight altitude of more than 3,400 meters. The helicopter is armed with anti-submarine torpedoes, anti-ship missiles, and a 30 mm machine gun.
The helicopter made its first flight in 2001, and production began in 2005, and it is now in service on US Navy ships.