Military Embedded Systems

Seahawk helicopters to be equipped with MOSA computers


June 07, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy photo.

ASHBURN, Va. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it won a contract by Lockheed Martin to provide its Modular Open-Systems 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.

According to the company, the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based MOSA solutions and commercial best practices is intended to deliver cost-effective new capabilities and support more economical and timely upgrades of the helicopter’s avionics systems.

The initial contract is valued at $24 million. The estimated lifetime value of the contract is $70 million. Under the multi-year contract, shipments began in December 2020.

Curtiss-Wright also claims that the MH-60R/S MC/FMC upgrade will aim to bring advanced display graphics capabilities to this helicopter platform, intended to provide compatibility with existing imaging and display systems and offering enhanced capabilities for future imaging sensors and high-resolution displays. The COTS modules will also aim to enable integration of Curtiss-Wright’s enhanced secure computing features.


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