Topic: AGM-114N Hellfire

Romeo packs a punch

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter prepares to conduct an air patrol around an oil rig in support of Perth's North West Shelf patrol.  (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter prepares to conduct an air patrol around an oil rig in support of Perth's North West Shelf patrol.

To engage a surface target from the air with pinpoint accuracy or take out an enemy on the first floor of a building, leaving the rest of the structure intact, is a capability Navy has never had - until now.

Romeo sends Hellfire down range

This article has photo gallery Published on by CMDR Dave Frost (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer)

Members from NUSQN 725 stand alongside Aircraft 902, which will fire the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA. L-R: Petty Officer Aircrewman Glenn Watson; Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson; and Lieutenant Joel Bury. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

Members from NUSQN 725 stand alongside Aircraft 902, which will fire the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA. L-R: Petty Officer Aircrewman Glenn Watson; Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson; and Lieutenant Joel Bury.

In the space of seven short months, NUSQN 725 has leapt from receiving their first MH-60R Romeo helicopters to firing the first Royal Australian Navy AGM-114 Hellfire missiles during a live fire exercise at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in the United States.

Hellfire missile firing a first for new Navy helicopters

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Lauren Rago (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer), LCDR Stephan Immerz (videographer), Mr Kon Velanis (video editing)

Aircraft 902 from NUSQN 725 fires the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

Aircraft 902 from NUSQN 725 fires the first 'Hellfire' missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, USA.

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, successfully fired its first Hellfire missile in the United States on 26 July 2014.