MH-60 Helicopter Upgrades Include Predator’s Surveillance
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (Raytheon SAS) in McKinney, TX recently received a contract to provide its MTS-A sensors for MH-60 helicopters as well as MQ-1/RQ-1 Predator UAVs. Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY received a broader contract to integrate a number of enhancements into the MH-60R Block I upgrade.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) in McKinney, TX will deliver 32 MTS-A electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems for the US Navy’s MH-60 helicopter and the Predator UAV programs. The task order falls under a Naval Surface Warfare Center firm-fixed-price task order under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00164-00-G-0007, held by the Crane division in Crane, IN. The contract includes an option for an additional 19 systems.
The AN/AAS-52 MTS-A configuration offers camera, infrared, and laser sensor capabilities, including seven fields of view, color TV, electronic zoom, three modes of automated video tracking, fused imagery, designation/range-finding and illumination for laser-guided weapons, and analog and digital video outputs. The AN/AAS-52 comes fully loaded for multiple mission applications in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on manned and unmanned aircraft.
Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, NY received a broader contract to integrate a number of enhancements into the MH-60R Block I upgrade.
This $38.1 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-05-C-0076) is for non-recurring design efforts associated with Phase II of the MH-60R Block I Upgrade. Efforts to be provided include development and/or integration of:
- Electronic Surveillance Measures
- The Global Antenna System
- Identification Friend or Foe Mode 5 and Mode S
- Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module;
- Mission Planning System and Joint Mission Planning System
- Satellite Communications;
- KU Band
- Ground Protection Warning System;
- CV Integration
- MK-54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo
- Right Hand Extended Pylon.
Work will be performed in Owego, NY, and is expected to be completed in June 2008. The Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, MD issued the contract modification.
See also: Teal Group in OE Magazine (Feb 2004) – Defense Sensor Market Surges: UAVs and targeting reconnaissance pods drive electro-optics market growth