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SB-1 Defiant, AW139 Under Consideration As Coast Guard MH-65 Replacement

Among options eyed by the U.S. Coast Guard for a replacement of the service’s Airbus MH-65 Dolphin–first fielded in 1984–are the SB-1 Defiant prototype under development for the U.S. Army by Boeing and Sikorsky, the Leonardo AW139 , and some variant of the MH-60 by Sikorsky, according to defense industry sources. “Something has to happen by 2024,” said one defense industry source. The Coast Guard has 98 MH-65s in service.

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