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Lockheed Martin to develop Digital Magnetic Anomaly Detection sensor into the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter


According to a contract released by the United States Department of Defense on September 11, 2020, American company Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $28,508,412 cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N00019-20-F-0340) against basic ordering agreement N000019-19-G-0029. This order provides non-recurring and recurring engineering support associated with software and hardware development for Phase I integration of the Digital Magnetic Anomaly Detection sensor into the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 An MH-60R Sea Hawk, assigned to the "Scorpions" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, picks up cargo from the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command Fleet Replenishment Oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) during a replenishment-at-sea the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115). (Picture source U.S. Navy)


The MH-60R, also called the Seahawk, is a multi-mission helicopter used by the U.S. Navy for anti-submarine warfare and surface attack. The MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters form the cornerstone of the Navy’s Helicopter Master Plan. The two aircraft share a common cockpit and technology.

The U.S. Navy acquired 254 MH-60R and 271 MH-60S helicopters. The massive overhaul of the U.S. Navy’s rotary-wing fleet was the catalyst for the development of a range of new high fidelity training systems.

The MH-60R is a ship-based medium-lift helicopter designed by American company Sikorsky to replace two different helicopters, the SH-60B and SH60F, and operate from cruisers, destroyers, frigates, littoral combat
ships, and aircraft carriers.

The MH-60R incorporates dipping sonar and sonobuoy acoustic sensors, multi-mode radar, electronic warfare sensors, a forward-looking infrared sensor with a laser designator, and an advanced mission data processing system.

The MH-60R is armed with MK 46 and MK 54 torpedoes, HELLFIRE air-to-ground missiles, a 2.75-inch family of rockets, and crew-served mounted machine guns. It has a three-man crew including two pilots and one sensor operator.