Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $70 million contract to update and maintain operational, vendor, maintenance-related, flight test, and laboratory support software in support of the MH-60 R/S and SH-60B helicopters.
Work is expected to be completed in September 2018.
The US Navy is eyeing a long-term pre-planned product improvement program, also known as P3I, to keep the MH-60R current throughout its life. Recent upgrades have included vital software and mission management systems in the Situational Awareness Technology Insertion (SATI) package as well as design upgrades to the Identification Friend-or-Foe Interrogator Subsystem.
Combined with the aircraft’s Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination system, the MH-60R’s range of detection will expand — enhancing situational awareness and advanced threat detection — while interference with civil air traffic control systems will diminish.
MH-60 R/S is a Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) multi-mission helicopter.