Lockheed Martin to integrate Link-16, SINCGARS on MH-60 helicopters

OWEGO, N.Y., 30 Aug. 2005. Engineers from the Lockheed Martin Systems Integration group in Owego, N.Y., are integrating two important networked communications systems aboard U.S. Navy MH-60R and MH-60S maritime helicopters.

Aug 30th, 2005

OWEGO, N.Y., 30 Aug. 2005. Engineers from the Lockheed Martin Systems Integration group in Owego, N.Y., are integrating two important networked communications systems aboard U.S. Navy MH-60R and MH-60S maritime helicopters.

Lockheed Martin is installing the Link-16 Joint Tactical Information Distribution system (JTIDS) tactical data link subsystem, as well as the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) aboard MH-60R and MH-60S helicopter airframes.

Lockheed Martin is doing the work under terms of a $50.7 million contract awarded Aug. 29 from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. The contract number is N00019-05-C-0049.

In addition to Link-16 and SINCGARS, Lockheed Martin engineers also are installing the Downed Aircrew Locator System Personnel Locator System on MH-60S aircraft as part of this contract.

Lockheed Martin provides the digital common cockpit avionics suite to all MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters.

Link 16 provides at-a-glance situational awareness by providing threat, target, friendly identification, position, and status information among participating platforms in near real time, with antijam security without any voice communication.

SINCGARS is a networked voice and data communications radio that will help the Navy MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters communicate with Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps forces, as well as with allied military units.

The MH-60R is the Navy's newest submarine hunter and surface-attack helicopter, which will replace the Navy's relatively old SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft. The Navy is expected to order as many as 254 MH-60Rs through 2015, with production quantities increasing to 30 aircraft per year.

The first production MH-60R helicopter flew Aug. 19 at manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft's factory in Stratford, Conn.

The MH-60S Knighthawk is an amalgam of the Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter and its Navy variant, the SH-60B Seahawk. The Black Hawk airframe provides the large cabin volume and features necessary for cargo and passenger transport.

MH-60S helicopter missions include vertical replenishment, combat search and rescue, special warfare support and airborne mine countermeasures.

Lockheed Martin will do the Link-16 and SINCGARS integration work on the two helicopter models in Owego, N.Y., and will be finished in January 2008.

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