MH-60 Has What It Takes

Aviation Week honors maritime helicopter team with multiple awards at its annual dinner

MH-60 Lockheed Martin’s MH-60 Multi-Year Production Program team took home multiple honors at Aviation Week’s annual Program Excellence Awards ceremony held Nov. 7 in Phoenix. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

Aviation Week created its Program Excellence Awards to recognize the hard work it takes to manage and lead complex aerospace and defense programs.

At this year’s Aviation Week awards banquet held in Phoenix on Nov. 7, Lockheed Martin’s MH-60 Multi-Year Production Program team showed it has what it takes to manage a complex program, taking home multiple honors.

The MH-60 team won the Program Excellence Award for System Level Production Programs. The team also was received Best Practice Awards in cost estimating and analysis/should-cost and supply chain collaboration/integration.

The Navy is streamlining its helicopter fleet by replacing six existing models with two, the MH-60R and the MH-60S. So far, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 123 of the planned 300 MH-60Rs.

The MH-60R, commonly referred to as the Romeo, features an array of sophisticated sensors and mission systems, including secure cryptographic radio, satellite and data communications, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imaging and the latest airborne low-frequency sonar. 

In operation since 2006, the MH-60R is the Navy’s most advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter and also performs search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, medical evacuation, and communications and data relay missions.

Lockheed Martin provides the digital cockpit common to the MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters, while Sikorsky manufactures the airframe. The companies have co-developed and delivered helicopters for the U.S. Navy for more than 35 years.

Posted on November 14, 2012