Lockheed Martin Partners with Intel, Altera to Enhance U.S. Navy MH-60R Helicopter Capabilities

Enhancements to MH-60R helicopter include advanced electronic defense system, high-performance semiconductors, and improved threat detection, reducing SWaP-C.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 03:50 AM, April 9, 2024
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Lockheed Martin Partners with Intel, Altera to Enhance U.S. Navy MH-60R Helicopter Capabilities
MH-60R multi-mission helicopter.

Lockheed Martin has announced a strategic collaboration with Intel Corporation and Altera, an Intel Company, to enhance the capabilities of the U.S. Navy's MH-60R multi-mission helicopter.

The collaboration is part of the Stimulating Transition for Advanced Microelectronics Packaging (STAMP) program initiated by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E).

The goal of this collaboration is to develop an airborne electronic defense system that aligns with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) standards and meets the critical requirements of the U.S. Navy's MH-60R multi-mission helicopter.

This project will be managed by the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) under an agreement with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division's Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) program.

Altera's Multi-Chip Package (MCP2), based on Agilex SoC FPGA Direct RF-Series, will be integrated into this initiative to provide higher bandwidth and performance at lower latency, power consumption, and footprint.

Lockheed Martin aims to enhance threat detection and identification capabilities while reducing the size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) of defense systems. The project initially targets deployment on the MH-60R helicopter but has broader applications across air, land, and sea domains.

The development and integration of Lockheed Martin's SOSA-aligned technology with Altera's semiconductors will take place over the next 18 months at Lockheed Martin's facility in Owego, New York. The goal is to implement and test these capabilities in the U.S. Navy's MH-60R helicopter program, enhancing defense capabilities and mission effectiveness.

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