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L-3 Tapped To Provide Common Communication System to U.S. Navy MH-60Rs

By R&WI Staff | January 8, 2019
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MH-60R Sea Hawk

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 10, 2009) Two multi-mission MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters fly in tandem during section landings at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The new Sea Hawk variant has many improvements, such as the glass cockpit, improved mission systems, new sensors and advanced avionics. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon Renfroe/Released)

L-3 Technologies on Jan. 7 signed a deal with the U.S. Navy to provide a datalink system for MH-60R helicopters to communicate with the ships from which they fly.

The $12.5 million modification to a preciously awarded contract is for building, testing, delivering, management and support of the Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 common data link for the MH-60R. The system, designed specifically for the MH-60R Seahawk, allows the aircraft to transfer video and voice data to U.S. Navy destroyers, cruisers and frigates.

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The MH-60R is the U.S. Navy’s primary anti-submarine warfare rotorcraft.

Most of the work — about 75 percent, according to a U.S. government contract announcement — will be completed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Atlanta.

Work on the contract is expected to be completed by December 2020.

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