Lockheed Partners with Intel to Make Microelectronics for Navy’s MH-60R Helicopter in U.S.

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On Monday, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced a new partnership with Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) and its subsidiary Altera to support the Stimulating Transition for Advanced Microelectronics Packaging (STAMP) program for the research arm of the Department of Defense. 

The STAMP program is facilitates the rapid transition of advanced packaging prototypes developed under the DoD’s State-of-the-Art Heterogeneous Integrated Packaging (SHIP) program. While SHIP is responsible for making prototypes, STAMP serves as the next phase of the effort, reaching past prototyping and making devices for DoD systems.

Lockheed Martin will develop a low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) sensor open systems architecture (SOSA) for airborne electronic defense systems using Altera’s multi-chip package (MCP2). The work is for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E). 

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The system is expected to be used on the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk, a multi-mission helicopter. The MH-60R replaced the Navy’s SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft. The work will take place at Lockheed’s facility in Owego, New York.  

According to John Sotir, senior director of military aerospace and government business at Altera, the collaboration will lead to vital defense systems that provide higher bandwidth and performance in a smaller footprint at low latency and lower power. 

The technology will help defense systems detect and identify 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. 

Over the next 18 months, Lockheed will integrate its SOSA technology with Altera’s semiconductors. The partners hope to implement, test and complete production through the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R helicopter program.  

The project was awarded through the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) vehicle. It will be managed by the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL). 

Intel acquired Altera in December 2015 for some $16.7 billion.

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