Lockheed Martin Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Upgrade MH-60 Helicopter Communications Capabilities
OWEGO, NY, 07-SEP-05 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $50.8 million U.S. Navy contract to improve the communications capabilities of the MH-60R and MH-60S multimission helicopters.
Of the total contract amount, $47 million is for development, test and full-scale integration of a Link 16 command and control data link. Link 16 hardware and software integration will enable all future MH-60R aircraft, and armed versions of the MH-60S aircraft, to exchange situational awareness information and coordinate weapons engagement with other friendly forces.
With the remaining $3.8 million, Lockheed Martin will integrate a Personnel Location System for the MH-60S aircraft to support the helicopter's combat search and rescue role. Lockheed Martin also will upgrade the existing AN/ARC-210 radios on board both MH-60 helicopter types to support voice communication with U.S. Army radios.
“These communications improvements will continue to enhance the war fighting capabilities of the MH-60 aircraft, primarily in the littoral regions,” said Jeff Bantle, vice president and general manager of Multi-Mission Solutions for Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego. “The enhancements also will enable MH-60 aircrews to operate seamlessly with other warfighters in the air and on the ground.”
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.