Lockheed Martin Secures $1 Billion Contract to Supply Cockpits and Systems for Navy Helicopters

The five-year contract calls for Lockheed Martin to supply more than 200 digital cockpits and integrated mission systems and sensors for the Navy MH-60R Romeo and MH-60S Sierra helicopters.

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $1.05 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. (IW 500: 25) to provide cockpits and mission systems for Navy helicopters.

The five-year contract calls for Lockheed Martin to supply more than 200 digital cockpits and integrated mission systems and sensors for the Navy MH-60R Romeo and MH-60S Sierra helicopters, according to Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin.

The contract includes 162 cockpits, integrated missions systems and sensors for MH-60R Romeo -- an anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare helicopter.

The contract also funds 62 digital cockpits to complete the Navy's program of record for Sierra aircraft. The Sierra is used for ship-to-ship cargo resupply, search and rescue, and close-in defense of Navy ships.

The company noted that multiyear contracts such as this one "must meet rigorous criteria before being approved by Congress, including being able to demonstrate double-digit cost savings."

"This contract award ensures uninterrupted, on-time deliveries of the MH-60R and MH-60S helicopter to the U.S. Navy fleet," said Dan Spoor, vice president of aviation systems for Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors business. "Plus the multi-year structure, versus an annual contract, allows us to provide our customer with more than 10% savings annually, surpassing Pentagon cost predictions."

Lockheed Martin provides the digital cockpit common to the MH-60R and MH-60S, and integrates the mission systems and sensors aboard the MH-60R helicopter in Owego, N.Y.

Both aircraft are designed and manufactured by Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft.

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