Sun, Feb 27, 2011
The "Nerve Center" For All Multi-Mission Helos In The
The 300th Common Cockpit, the nerve center for every
multi-mission helicopter in the U.S. Navy fleet, has been delivered
to the U.S. Navy by prime contractor Lockheed Martin.
"The Common Cockpit underwent one of the most demanding
certification processes at NAVAIR, and is now the standard by which
all cockpits are judged," said Capt. Dean Peters, NAVAIR program
manager for H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters. "Our MH-60R and MH-60S
crews rely on this system to support the broad range of missions
and operations they fly every day."
The Common Cockpit is the hub of all activity aboard MH-60R and
MH-60S aircraft. Four large, flat-panel, multi-function,
night-vision-compatible, color display screens provide the crew
with instant information on everything from weather to weapons and
sensors. "The Common Cockpit reduces workload and increases
situational awareness for MH-60R and MH-60S crews," said George
Barton, director of Naval Helicopter programs at Lockheed Martin.
"Having a common cockpit also reduces the logistics footprint and
total ownership cost to the Navy."
Upcoming improvements to the Common
Cockpit will include the addition of the Situational Awareness
Technology Insertion (SATI) package, which is a set of upgrades to
the flight management system. A new integrated digital map will
provide pilots with a clear picture of their operating area, and an
upgrade to the Identification Friend-or-Foe system will ensure
there is no interference during transmission and that it is
interoperable with the Federal Aviation Administration and other
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global
security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development,
manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology
systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2010 sales from
continuing operations were $45.8 billion.
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