MH-60 Composite Maintenance Trainer

Customer: U.S. Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)

User: U.S. Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM-71 and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron HC-3 and HC-5

ASI was selected by NAWCTSD under the TSC-II Lot 1 contract vehicle to design and manufacture upgrades for several existing analog SH-60B and SH-60F Composite Maintenance Trainers (CMT) to the new MH-60R and MH-60S configurations at the Naval Air Station at North Island CA, at the Naval Station at Norfolk VA, and at the Naval Air Station at Jacksonville FL. The modified trainers maintain the original SH-60 configuration as well as the new MH-60 configuration, providing the U.S. Navy with two SH-60B/MH-60S CMTs and two SH-60F/MH-60R CMTs. This included introducing new glass cockpits, integrating a host computer to the trainers, and integrating an Instructor/Operator Station (IOS). These systems revolutionized the CMTs, offering the U.S. Navy Instructors automated tools and training scenarios for much more effective student training and evaluation.

The CMTs provide transition and readiness training which prepares the avionics and aircraft systems maintenance teams to maintain the aircraft. Specifically, the aircraft airframe, power plant, power train, hydraulics, auxiliary power unit (APU) start, flight controls, gust lock, blade de-ice, vertical indicator display, automatic flight control computer, stabilator, blade fold, pylon fold, caution advisory, rotor brake, chip detector, landing gear, and fire extinguishing systems and control/instrument panels are focal areas of maintenance training.

The following MH-60 systems were developed and integrated by ASI:

  • Aircraft Systems
  • Avionics
  • Navigation Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Instructor / Operator Station
  • Simulated Fault Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Vibration Absorber System
  • Hydraulic Systems

ASI also provided Program Management, Logistics Support, and Contractor Field Services to support the successful completion of this program.

Delivery Status and Customer Satisfaction

This is a continuing program. Deliveries to date have been ahead of schedule with complete satisfaction by the customer and the users.

About the MH-60 Seahawk/Knighthawk

The MH-60R/S Multi-Mission Helicopter (MMH), manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, is the U.S. Navy’s new primary maritime-dominance helicopter, replacing the SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft. Greatly enhanced over its predecessors, the MH-60R/S features a glass cockpit and significant mission system improvements, which give it unmatched capability as an airborne multi-mission naval platform. These improvements include upgraded mission and flight displays, Improved Automatic Flight Control Computer (AFCC), Integrated Self Defense suite, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Airborne Low Frequency Sonar (ALFS), Multi-mission Radar Upgrade (including ISAR), Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), and a weapons suite including torpedoes and Hellfire missiles.

In addition, the commonality between the MH-60R and MH-60S results in a leaner logistic support infrastructure, which translates into a significantly reduced cost of ownership. The MH-60R is designed to operate from the Navy’s frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. Its missions include Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW), Surveillance, Communication Relay, Search and Rescue (SAR), Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS), Logistics Support, and Personnel Transfer. The MH-60S aircraft supports missions including Search and Rescue (SAR), Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC), Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS), Communications Relay (COMREL), Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), and Organic Airborne Mine Counter Measures (OAMCM).