BAE Systems has secured a contract to supply its Mode 5 advanced identification friend or foe systems for installation onboard the US Air Force’s (USAF) HH-60W combat rescue helicopter (CRH).
Under the terms of the contract, the company will supply undisclosed units of its enhanced AN/DPX-7 reduced size transponder (RST) and its common missile warning system (CMWS) that are expected to provide critical survivability and situational awareness technology to the helicopter.
BAE Systems Business Development vice-president John Watkins said: "When airmen enter into dangerous situations to rescue wounded soldiers, they require the best technology available to safeguard them during these vital missions and provide them with situational awareness.
"By equipping the Combat Rescue Helicopter with RST and CMWS, the air force can be confident that its airmen will be using technology that has been proven in theatre on multiple US Army and Navy platforms."
The CMWS Gen3 system features hostile fire indication and data recording capabilities and will facilitate the detection of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
The AN/DPX-7 is a reduced size, Mark XIIA/Mode S/Mode 5 /ADS-B passive-receive transponder with an embedded ADS-B IN capability to support situational awareness and sense-and-avoid applications.
Suitable for platforms with size, weight and power constraints, RST can be integrated on UAVs, remotely piloted aircraft, and helicopters.
Currently, the AIFF is deployed on several manned and unmanned aircraft, including the MQ-4C Triton.
Powered by two General Electric T700-GE-701D turbo-shaft engines, the HH-60W is an advanced variant of the combat-proven UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.
The HH-60W is scheduled to undergo a preliminary design review this year.
Image: The HH-60W is an advanced variant of the combat-proven UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. Photo: © Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.