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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contract by Lockheed Martin to Upgrade U.S. Navy Seahawk Helicopter Mission and Flight Management Computers to Meet New Battlefield Threats

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June 07, 2021


DAVIDSON, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that it was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to provide its Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) computers and video processing modules to upgrade the Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer (MC/FMC) on the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopters. The initial contract is valued at $24 million, with an estimated lifetime value of $70 million.

“We are very proud to have been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide our rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies to support the upgrade of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopter fleet,” said Lynn M. Bamford, President and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. “Curtiss-Wright’s selection on this upgrade program is representative of our technology leadership in MOSA-based rugged COTS modules, and our ability to rapidly and cost-effectively modernize legacy military platforms with open-standards solutions.”

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright is providing Lockheed Martin with rugged single board computers and video processing modules. The modules result from Curtiss-Wright’s Modified COTS program, which enables system integrators to upgrade individual modules in their legacy systems without having to replace the entire system, significantly speeding delivery of advanced technology to the warfighter. Shipments began in December 2020.

The MH-60R/S MC/FMC upgrade will bring advanced display graphics capabilities to this important helicopter platform, providing compatibility with existing imaging and display systems and offering enhanced capabilities for future imaging sensors and high-resolution displays. The modules also enable integration of Curtiss-Wright’s enhanced Trusted and Secure Computing features to ensure system resiliency and secure operation in response to cyber attacks.

For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s open architecture COTS modules, please visit the Defense Solutions division at

ABOUT the sikorsky mh-60 seahawk

The Sikorsky SH-60/MH-60 Seahawk, a twin turboshaft engine, multi-mission U.S. Navy helicopter based on the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk, is a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. Able to deploy aboard any air-capable frigate, destroyer, cruiser, fast combat support ship, amphibious assault ship, or aircraft carrier, the Seahawk can handle anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), naval special warfare (NSW) insertion, search and rescue (SAR), combat search and rescue (CSAR), vertical replenishment (VERTREP), and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).


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