AVALON, Australia, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin has completed the 400 th 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.
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