Lockheed Martin wins contract for MH-60R software product improvement

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is being awarded a delivery order modification for additional software product improvement efforts to support the MH-60R mission computer/flight management computer product line variants for the U.S. Navy and Government of Denmark.

The modification, worth around $15.5 million, was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds and foreign military sales funds are being obligated on this award. This contract combines purchases for the Navy; and the government of Denmark, under the Foreign Military Sales program.

The contract work will be performed in Owego, New York (97.45 percent); Melbourne, Florida (1.72 percent); Pompano Beach, Florida (0.61 percent); and New York, New York (0.22 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2020.

Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk

Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk (or Sea Hawk) is a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission naval helicopter based on the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. The most significant airframe modification is a hinged tail to reduce its footprint aboard ships.

Able to deploy aboard any air-capable frigate, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, or aircraft carrier, the Seahawk can handle anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), naval special warfare (NSW) insertion, search and rescue (SAR), combat search and rescue (CSAR), vertical replenishment (VERTREP), and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC). All Navy H-60s carry a rescue hoist for SAR/CSAR missions.

The MH-60R was originally known as “LAMPS Mark III Block II Upgrade” when development began in 1993. The MH-60R is designed to combine the features of the SH-60B and SH-60F.

Its sensors include the Aircraft Survival Equipment (ASE) package, MTS-FLIR, the AN/APS-147 multi-mode radar/IFF interrogator, an advanced airborne fleet data link, and a more advanced airborne active sonar. It does not carry the  Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) suite.

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