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Navy awards Lockheed $10M
OWEGO -- The U.S. Navy will be using software
developed by Lockheed Martin to help MH-60 h
elicopter aircrews better plan their missions.
By My-Ly Nguyen •email@example.com •
September 21, 2010, 6:20 pm
Lockheed announced Tuesday that the Navy has
awarded the company $10 million to complete the
work for the MH-60R and MH-60S multimission
The software development and some testing will be
performed at the company's Owego plant over the
next 30 months, though the project will not lead to
any immediate changes in staffing.
Lockheed has about 2,800 employees at its Owego
facility, spokesman Jeff Brown said.
Subsequent tests will be conducted at the Naval Air
Weapons Station in California and Naval Air Station
in Maryland, with deployment of the system in 2012.
"The MH-60 module will give Navy Seahawk pilots
access to the military's most advanced mission
planning tool," said George Barton, director of
Lockheed naval helicopter programs.
Missions involving the MH-60 include anti-
submarine warfare, airborne mine countermeasures,
search and rescue, and ship-to-ship cargo resupply
The software will be loaded onto a planning system
laptop that allows MH-60 pilots to pick
preconfigured mission plans, navigational routes, t
argeting data and the types of weapons and
sensors their aircraft will use for the mission.
The finished mission profile is then transferred to a
memory card and uploaded to Lockheed's Common
Cockpit avionics suite, or the digital cockpit aboard
both helicopter models.
MH-60 Seahawk copters are designed and
manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft.
Lockheed provides the digital cockpit for all MH-60
copters and is the prime systems integrator for the
The Navy plans to buy 300 MH-60R and 275 MH-
60S aircraft, according to Lockheed.
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