SH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter Successfully Flight Tests AQS-22 Dipping Sonar
OWEGO, NY, 01-MAY-01 -- The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego, prime contractor for the SH-60R multi-mission helicopter, together have successfully integrated, ground tested and flight tested an AQS-22 dipping sonar in a prototype SH-60R helicopter currently in testing at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. The flight tests concluded in January with successful deep water dipping trails under high sea state conditions in the Atlantic at deep depth and maximum output for the AQS-22. The AQS-22 is a helicopter-borne low frequency dipping sonar system designed for rapid deployment from aircraft carriers and surface combatants to detect and track submarines both in blue and littoral water environments. Lockheed Martin integrates the AQS-22 system on the SH-60R.
Lockheed Martin was awarded the first SH-60R Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract in 2000, valued at approximately $88 million, to provide the U.S. Navy seven SH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters. Existing SH-60B aircraft will be upgraded to the SH-60R, the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy's Helicopter Master Plan, using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technology and several new sensors. Lockheed Martin will be integrating the flight avionics systems, including the Lockheed Martin-developed Navy H-60 Common Cockpit, mission avionics systems and stores and defense systems. A technology insertion program, to allow for COTS improvements as technology advances, will be initiated to support the SH-60R open system architecture.
The entire SH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter production program is valued at approximately $2.5 billion and encompasses the upgrade of 243 aircraft through the year 2012. These aircraft were originally delivered in the 1980s and are now being upgraded. The full production contract will include 27 aircraft per year. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor with total responsibility to oversee all systems integration efforts.
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego is a leader in providing advanced-technology products, services and systems integration solutions for defense, civil and commercial customers worldwide. Systems Integration - Owego employs more than 4,300 people at facilities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation with headquarters in Bethesda, Md.