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USN tests potential EW upgrade for MH-60R

26th June 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy’s Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Collaboration, Experimentation, Integration Team has prototyped and field-tested a hardware and software capability that could be provided as a potential upgrade for the MH-60R rotorcraft, moving from concept to prototype in months.

This technology is intended to provide enhanced situational awareness and more collaborative electronic warfare missions aboard the MH-60R

The team demonstrated its project, the Software and Hardware for Airborne Fusion Technology, Experimentation and Demonstration (SHAFTED), during a risk reduction event in May, flying the prototype with the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70. 

‘The SHAFTED team split into two groups, home and away,’ Brian Hill, collaborative EW branch supervisor, said. ‘The home team stayed at Point Mugu, correcting bugs and making software updates to send back to the away team.’ 

The away team installed the upgrades and flight-tested the system. Before it could do that, members of the team had to complete underwater egress training so they could fly in the MH-60R during the exercise. The training involves learning to escape an aircraft while submerged wearing full flight gear. 

‘The SHAFTED team’s hard work reflects the professional rigor of the team and establishes a new standard for electromagnetic manoeuvre experimentation at NAWCWD,’ Hill added. 

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