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Schumer Announces Lockheed Martin In Owego Receives Navy Award For The Manufacture And Delivery Of Eight MH-60R Aircraft, The World’s Most Advanced Maritime Helicopter

Schumer: Navy’s Investment Means The Nation And Our Brave Armed Forces Will Benefit From Owego’s First-Class Workforce

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Lockheed Martin was awarded a $382 million contract from the Navy for the manufacture and delivery of eight MH-60R aircraft. Schumer explained that a significant amount of the work on these aircraft will be executed at Lockheed’s state-of-the-art Owego facility. Schumer said that this significant contract will maintain Lockheed’s first-rate workforce in Owego.

“This contract is a major victory for Lockheed Martin and its dedicated workers at the Owego facility, where these critical helicopters are manufactured,” said Senator Schumer. “I applaud the Navy’s significant investment in Lockheed Martin, which confirms what we already knew: Lockheed Martin is a world-class defense firm doing outstanding work right here in Upstate New York.”

Last year, Schumer met with top Lockheed Martin executives in Owego during a tour of the MH-60R production line and reinforced his commitment to protect and support New York jobs – like the thousands at its facility in Owego and at other facilities and suppliers across the state. After this key visit, Schumer called on Defense Secretary James Mattis and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to continue investing in key helicopter programs that are of critical importance to both our Armed Forces and to regional economies, like the Southern Tier.

The MH-60R SEAHAWK helicopter is used today by the U.S. Navy as a primary platform for anti-submarine warfare in open ocean and littoral zones. According to Lockheed Martin, this helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter. It is the most capable naval helicopter available today, and can operate from the shore and from a variety of ships. Also known as the ‘Romeo’, the MH-60R combines the capabilities of the Navy’s legacy SH-60B and SH-60F helicopters into a single sensor-rich platform operated by a three-person crew. The MH-60R can also be used for search and rescue, supply delivery, medical evacuation, and communications relay. The MH-60R uses state-of-the-art smart automation to process sensor data into actionable knowledge, prioritize threats for the crew to act on, and reduce workload. This advanced aircraft provides naval commanders with unmatched capabilities in the critically important “submarine hunting” mission.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employees approximately 2,500 people at its Rotary and Mission Systems facility in Owego. The company is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.