U.S. Navy awards helicopter parts maintenance contract for record $2.3B

The U.S. Navy has awarded a record contract to Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. for MH-60R and MH-60S helicopter parts maintenance.

The U.S Department of Defense (DoD) announced on Friday an agreement worth about $2,3 Billion for the repair, upgrade or replacement, required availability, configuration management and inventory management for approximately 1,049 weapon replaceable assemblies and shop replaceable assemblies associated with both the MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters.

“Work will be performed in various contractor supplier locations throughout the U.S. (48%) of which one percent of the supplier work will be performed by five organic depots via commercial service agreements; Stratford, Connecticut (38%); and Owego, New York (14%),” the DoD message states.

It also added that this contract includes a five-year base period with one two-year option period.

Work is expected to be completed by January 2025; if the option is exercised, work will be completed by January 2027.

The Lockheed Martin’s website said that operational and deployed today with the U.S. Navy as the primary anti-submarine warfare anti-surface weapon system for open ocean and littoral zones, the MH-60 helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter. It is the most capable naval helicopter available today designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.

The MH-60R Romeo is the U.S. Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced helicopter. The MH-60R is designed to combine the features of the SH-60B and SH-60F. Its sensors include the ASE package, MTS-FLIR, the AN/APS-147 multi-mode radar/IFF interrogator, an advanced airborne fleet data link, and a more advanced airborne active low frequency sonar (ALFS). It does not carry the MAD suite. Pilot instrumentation is based on a fully integrated glass cockpit, using several digital monitors instead of the complex array of dials and gauges in Bravo and Foxtrot aircraft.

The MH-60S is unofficially known as the “Knighthawk”, referring to the …read more

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