Lockheed Martin Delivers Electronic Warfare Support System to the Royal Australian Navy

CANBERRA, Australia, April 15, 2014 – Lockheed Martin Australia has confirmed delivery of its MH-60R electronic warfare support system (EWSS) to the Royal Australian Navy. Built in its Adelaide facility, the EWSS will provide the Navy with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads for the 24 aircraft MH-60R Romeo naval combat helicopter fleet.

Lockheed Martin Australia has worked with in-country companies to procure the component parts, fabricate cabling and assemble the EWSS. Australian suppliers were issued subcontracts for a portion of the metal fabrication. Work on the project began in 2012 and ended in April 2014, with system demonstration and training at the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit in Adelaide, South Australia.

“Our entire MH-60R program team is very proud to have achieved this next milestone on the Australian maritime helicopter program,” said Tom Kane, director of Naval Helicopter Programs. “EWSS provides Australia with a key capability to support the aircraft and maximise the capabilities of the MH-60R’s sensor suite. We are also very appreciative of the level of support we received from Australian companies and look forward to collaborating with them on future opportunities.”

Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive, Raydon Gates, said securing Australian involvement in manufacturing the EWSS for the MH-60R “is a testimony to the efforts being made by the Corporation to grow industrial partnerships in Australia, and bring real value-added work in-country.”

Lockheed Martin Australia, headquartered in Canberra, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. LM Australia specialises in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 900 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.