7-Jun-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
It is a comprehensive process to sell military helicopters, but the Danish Defence Logistics Organization has now successfully sold its Sea King fleet, having already replaced them operationally by AgustaWestland AW101 Merlins in the last few years. In total, seven S-61 helicopters and accompanying spare parts and accessory packs have been sold, realising approx 40 million. krone (approx US$7.8 million) – their purchase cost in 1965 was about US$690,000 per helicopter!
In total, three US companies have bought the fleet.Â Electronic Manufacturers Associated Inc. and Clayton International Inc. have purchased a portion of the spare parts, while all seven airframes and further parts and accessories packages are purchased from Helicopter Support Inc., owned by Sikorsky Aircraft Inc .
If everything goes according to plan, the Danish S-61 helicopters will be upgraded to S61T standard and resold to the U.S. State Department for Civil Aviation in Iraq within the year. The Danish military believe this is only possible because of the good state of maintenance of the aircraft.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com