NAS Pauxtent River Pushing Forward With H-60R/ H-60S Production, R&D
The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD recently issued a pair of contracts that provide for low-rate initial production of six H-60R helicopters, and provide the R&D required to integrate critical electronics like Link 16, SINCGARS communication, and the Downed Aircrew Locator System Personnel Locator System into the MH-60R and MH-60S.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in Stratford, CT received a $64.7 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0115) for the production and delivery of six Low Rate Initial Production MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (92%); and Troy, Ala. (8%), and is expected to be completed in December 2006.
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego in Owego, NY received an estimated value $50.7 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the Link-16 Full Scale Integration of the MH-60R and MH-60S aircraft.
This contract includes research and development efforts to design, develop, integrate, and test the Link-16 Tactical Data Link subsystem and Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) functionality for both the MH-60R and MH-60S aircraft, and the Downed Aircrew Locator System Personnel Locator System for the MH-60S. Work will be performed in Owego, NY and is expected to be complete in January 2008. This contract was not competitively procured (N00019-05-C-0049).
Additional Readings & Sources
- – Airborne Anti-Mine System.
- National Defense Magazine (Sept. 2005) – Navy, Marine Helicopter Fleets Will See Steady Arrivals of New Aircraft
- CNN Money (May 11/05) – MH-60R Helicopter Enters Operational Evaluation