Lockheed gets $45M for US Navy’s MH-60R submarine periscope detection kits

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter takes off from the flight deck of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $45.8 million contract to deliver automatic radar periscope detection and discrimination (ARPDD) standard retrofit p-kits deployed on the navy’s MH-60R helicopters.

Under the contract, Lockheed is to deliver 29 systems that will allow the helicopters to discriminate between a periscope and other small surface objects, thereby improving the probability of finding a submarine.

Lockheed Martin will undertake most of the work at its New York facilities and is expected to complete work on the program by September 2020.

The first MH-60R maritime helicopter entered the U.S. Navy fleet in 2005 while the Telephonics radar-based ARPDD system achieved Initial Operational Capability in 2013.

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