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Lockheed Martin to develop and integrate new soft-kill pod into USN helicopters

27 January 2017

Business units within Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems have been awarded parallel contracts to develop and integrate a new persistent anti-ship missile decoy payload on US Navy (USN) MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters.

A USD5.5 million contract covering the preliminary design of the Advanced Off-board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) Active Mission Payload (AMP) was awarded to the company's electronic warfare (EW) group in Syracuse, New York, following a protracted three-way competition with Raytheon and Harris. The contract includes options for follow-on development and low-rate initial production (up to 18 systems) to a value of USD92.7 million.

The AOEW AMP - designated AN/ALQ-248 - is a self-contained EW pod hosting both high sensitivity receiver and electronic attack (EA) subsystems.

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