Saturday, April 01, 2006

Lockheed Martin Delivers New-production MH-60R to US Navy

Lockheed Martin Delivers First Fully-Integrated New-Production MH-60R to the U.S. Navy

Lockheed Martin delivered to the U.S. Navy the first new-production MH-60R helicopter fully integrated for its anti-submarine and surface warfare missions.

The MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter (MMH) is the U.S. Navy's new primary maritime-dominance helicopter, replacing the SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft. Greatly enhanced over its predecessors, the MH-60R features a glass cockpit and significant mission system improvements, which give it unmatched capability as an airborne multi-mission naval platform.

These improvements include:
- Upgraded mission and flight displays
- Improved Advanced Flight Control Computer (AFCC)
- Integrated Self Defense suite

Upgraded sensors including:
- Electronic Support Measures (ESM)
- Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS)
- Multi-mission Radar Upgrade (including ISAR)
- Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)
- A weapons suite including torpedoes and Hellfire missiles.

The MH-60R shares its cockpit with the Sikorsky MH-60S helicopter, allowing pilots to switch between the models with greater ease and train more efficiently. In addition, the commonality between the two models results in a leaner logistic support infrastructure, which translates into a significantly reduced cost of ownership.

The MH-60R is designed to operate from the Navy's frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. Its missions include:
- Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW)
- Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW)
- Surveillance
- Communication Relay
- Search and Rescue (SAR)
- Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS)
- Logistics Support
- Personnel Transfer

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