Cubic Mission Solutions has landed a US Naval Air Systems Command contract to provide a full motion video (FMV) system for the MH-60S Seahawk helicopters.
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Cubic’s MH-60S FMV system is modular, scalable and affordable with open standards for interfaces. Based on mature components fielded on NAVAIR platforms, it provides secure transmit and receive capabilities of visual information to all required platforms and stakeholders.
The system includes Cubic’s innovative Dual Channel Modem and Sierra Nevada Corporation’s enhanced FMV exploitation software to provide a flexible, best-of-breed solution optimised for the MH-60S mission set. Additionally, the system broadens Cubic’s wideband communications data link (CDL) capabilities while introducing a full system solution, including an advanced touch-screen colour display and user software.
Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions, said, "Our MH-60S FMV System solution is the culmination of decades of experience and a focused effort to address current and emerging needs reflected in the MH-60S operational scenarios and FMV functional requirements."
The introduction of Cubic’s MH-60S FMV system to the fleet will significantly increase the aircraft’s operational capability to send and receive visual information.
"Full motion video capability is critical to the ever-increasing mission complexities of the MH-60S operating environments," Twyman added.
Cubic’s solution focuses on an open system architecture that maximises functionality and performance while minimising system size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C). It is designed to enable robust ISR mission success across the full spectrum of Navy operations.
The Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk is the US Navy's primary anti-submarine warfare anti-surface weapon system for open ocean and littoral zones, the upgraded variant, the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, which is currently being introduced to the Royal Australian Navy 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 Seahawk is the Royal Australian Navy's next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter and will form a very important part of its operations for years to come.
The MH-60R is equipped with a highly sophisticated combat system designed to employ Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and the Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedo. The primary missions of the 'Romeo' helicopter is anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare. Secondary missions include search and rescue, logistics support, personnel transport and medical evacuation.
The MH-60R and its mission systems replaced the fleet’s S-70B-2 Seahawk aircraft, which retired from service on 1 December 2017. The Australian government approved the acquisition of 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters at a cost of over $3 billion. The helicopters are largely military off-the-shelf built by Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin and were acquired through the foreign military sales process from the US Navy.
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