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Lockheed Martin lands Navy helicopter technology contract

By Traci DeLore (tdelore@cnybj.com)

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Lockheed Martin’s Owego facility is working to develop new technology that will be utilized on Navy MH-60R helicopters. The work will take place over the next 18 months. (Photo credit: Lockheed Martin)

OWEGO, N.Y. — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced Monday it will work with Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC), and Altera, an Intel company, to support the Stimulating Transition for Advanced Microelectronics Packaging (STAMP) program for the U.S. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E).

Lockheed Martin will develop a low size, weight, and power (SWaP), sensor open systems architecture (SOSA) aligned airborne electronic-defense system, utilizing Altera’s multi-chip package (MCP2) for expected use on the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R multi-mission helicopter.

For STAMP, the work will be performed at Lockheed Martin’s Owego plant. Lockheed Martin is a global defense-technology company.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division strategic and spectrum missions advanced resilient trusted systems other transaction agreement vehicle awarded the contract, while the National Security Technology Accelerator will manage it, per the announcement.

“We are excited to work with Intel, Altera, and OUSD to provide a revolutionary leap in defense-systems capabilities, utilizing high-performance U.S.-built semiconductors,” Deon Viergutz, Lockheed Martin VP of spectrum convergence, said in a statement. “In the modern battlespace, against modern threats, this technology will be essential to the evolution of legacy systems and development of new systems that keep service members safe by controlling the electromagnetic spectrum and staying ahead of the threat.”

As a STAMP awardee, Lockheed Martin will advance the progression of technology to enable a defense system that detects and identifies threats with greater speed and accuracy at a significantly reduced SWaP and cost, freeing space for equipment to support other missions. While initially designed for the Sikorsky MH-60R helicopter, STAMP technology applies to platforms across all domains including air, land, and sea. It’s based on Altera’s Agliex 9 SoC FPGA Direct RF-Series, which enables the defense system by providing advanced digital and analog capabilities while reducing the system’s size, weight, power, and cost.

Over the next 18 months, Lockheed Martin will integrate its latest SOSA technology with Altera’s semiconductors with the intent to ultimately implement, test, and complete production through the Navy’s MH-60R helicopter program.