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USN orders support for advanced imaging sensors on Seahawks

11th May 2022 - 18:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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MH-60R Seahawk helicopter in USN service. (Photo: USN/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Angelina Grimsley)

The USN has contracted Raytheon to support multi-spectral targeting systems installed on MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawk helicopters.

Raytheon has obtained a $272.67 million sole-source performance-based contract from the USN to provide logistics, repair, and upgrade support for components on 15 AN/AAS-44C(V) multi-spectral targeting systems aboard MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters.

The deal from Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support includes a five-year baseline period with a 24-month optional extension, the DoD revealed on 10 May.

If the option is exercised, the total value of the contract will rise to $376.41 million.

Work is expected to be completed by May 2027 or May 2029 if the USN exercises the option.

Shephard Defence Insight describes the AN/AAS-44(V) FLIR sensor ball system as a multi-purpose thermal imaging sensor that provides long-range surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, rangefinding and laser designation functionality for Hellfire and tri-service/NATO laser-guided munitions.

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