Lockheed Martin Awarded $38 Million U.S. Navy Contract to Integrate Additional Systems on MH-60 Helicopters
OWEGO, NY, 29-SEP-05 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $38.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy to test and integrate additional weapons, as well as communications and navigation systems into new production MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters, and some existing MH-60S aircraft. This contract is an extension of a $50.8 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (LMSI – Owego) earlier this month to add a Link 16 command and control data link to both MH-60 aircraft.
“These enhancements will improve situational awareness to enable MH-60 aircrews to perform missions more effectively and with improved safety,” said Jeff Bantle, vice president and general manager of Multi-Mission Solutions for LMSI – Owego.
Weapons systems to be integrated include an additional pylon to carry Lockheed Martin-built Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, or the shallow water Mk-54 digital torpedo, and a low-light level TV mode for the upgraded Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) targeting sensor. Additional communications capability includes Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) mode S and mode 5 systems to positively identify the aircraft to coalition forces and air traffic controllers, a protocol to exploit spare bandwidth across busy satellite channels, and baseline capability for the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) that will network mission planning and coordination with friendly forces. A new 12-satellite GPS receiver and GPS antenna to ensure performance in GPS-jammed environments, and a ground proximity warning system, comprise the navigation upgrades.
Lockheed Martin is the systems integrator for the MH-60R and provides the Common Cockpit™ avionics suite, which is common to all MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation designs and manufactures the MH-60R and MH-60S aircraft and is responsible for the mechanical and electrical modifications on the airframe.