Lockheed Martin said it has delivered the 300th common cockpit to the U.S. Navy, aboard an MH-60S helicopter.
The common cockpit is "the nerve center for every multi-mission helicopter in the U.S. Navy fleet," according to the Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor.
"The common cockpit underwent one of the most demanding certification processes at NAVAIR, and is now the standard by which all cockpits are judged," said Capt. Dean Peters, NAVAIR program manager for H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters. "Our MH-60R and MH-60S crews rely on this system to support the broad range of missions and operations they fly everyday."
Upcoming improvements to the common cockpit will include the addition of the Situational Awareness Technology Insertion package, which is a set of upgrades to the flight-management system.
Also, a new integrated digital map will provide pilots with a clear picture of their operating area, according to Lockheed Martin, and an upgrade to the Identification Friend-or-Foe system will ensure there is no interference during transmission and that it is interoperable with the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies.