Navy sets its sights on Seahawks

The navy is eyeing Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks to replace Hughes MD-500 Defenders as the anti-submarine warfare helicopter carried by its next generation of guided-missile frigates, a Ministry of National Defense source said on Monday.

The MD-500 Defenders entered service in 1977 and are the standard helicopter used on Chi Yang-class frigates, a source said on condition of anonymity.

The navy plans to complete 15 of the guided-missile frigates that will succeed the Chi Yang-class frigates by 2025, the source said.

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