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Telephonics to Make Radars for Navy Helicopters

by: Matthew Potter
April 30, 2012

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, Events, Lockheed Martin, Military Aviation, production program, Services, Sikorsky, U.S. Navy, UTC | RSS 2.0

The Navy recently awarded Lockheed Martin (LMT) a contract to provide avionics and instruments for their Sikorsky, part of United Technologies (UTX), made MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters. Lockheed in turn has awarded Telephonics a contract to build a radar for the aircraft.

The AN/APS-153 radar performs surface search functions to locate and identify submarine periscopes. The total value of the contract for 160 radars is about $330 million.

The MH-60R is designed to perform a variety of missions and be based on carriers, destroyers and other U.S. and Allied ships. It replaces the previously used SH-60, SH-2 and SH-3 helicopters previously used for ship based Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

The contract also illustrates how expensive not only the base aircraft is but also the sub-systems hat go into it. Capability and performance is expensive.

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