Lockheed Martin Completes 400th MH-60 Digital Cockpit for Installation on First Australian Romeo Helicopter

Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:00pm EST

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AVALON,  Australia,  Feb. 25, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin has
completed the 400th Common Cockpit avionics suite for the U.S. Navy's MH-60
Seahawk helicopter program. The digital cockpit will be installed aboard the
first of 24 MH-60R (Romeo) anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters
to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy via the U.S. Government's Foreign
Military Sales program.

"The Common Cockpit avionics suite has proved to be a highly effective flight
and mission systems hub during more than 600,000 flight hours aboard the U.S.
Navy's fleet of 360 MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters built and delivered to date,"
said Capt.  James Glass, program manager for H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters. "A
digital, all glass cockpit that's common to both platforms and operationally
proven will enable critical interoperability between MH-60 aircraft operated by
both the Australian and U.S. navies."

Australia  is the first international customer to buy the U.S. Navy's MH-60R
multi-mission helicopter, which became operational in  January 2006. The U.S.
Navy is expected to take delivery of the first mission-ready MH-60R helicopter
in  December 2013  for transfer to the Royal Australian Navy in early 2014. All
24 Australian aircraft are to be delivered by mid 2016.

"The MH-60R is a proven capability with the Common Cockpit at its core," said
Capt  Scott Lockey, who is the Project Director for the Australian MH-60R
program."The Australian acquisition of 24 multi-mission Romeo helicopters means
that we will have the capacity to provide at least eight warships with a combat
helicopter at the same time, and we can rely on the Common Cockpit to
successfully network and communicate with our fleet."

The Common Cockpit avionics suite features four large, flat-panel,
multi-function, night-vision-compatible, color displays. The suite processes and
manages communications and sensor data streaming into MH-60 multi-mission
helicopters, presenting to the crew of three actionable information that
significantly reduces workload while increasing situational awareness.

Stratford, Connecticut-based Sikorsky builds the MH-60R and MH-60S aircraft.
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training in  Owego, N.Y.  delivered the first
MH-60 Common Cockpit avionics suite in 2002 when U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopters
became operational.   

Headquartered in  Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally
engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and
sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The
Corporation's net sales for 2012 were  $47.2 billion.

Common Cockpit avionics suite is a trademark of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

For additional information about Lockheed Martin,
visit:www.lockheedmartin.com/mst

SOURCE  Lockheed Martin


Bettina Chavanne, +1-202-510-7408; bettina.h.chavanne@lmco.com; Trevor Thomas,
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