Lockheed Martin has introduced a new universal, highly adaptable and affordable mission equipment package (MEP) for US Army helicopters.

Designed to meet the joint multi-role / future vertical lift (JMR/FVL) rotary wing programme requirements, the mission equipment package uses future airborne capability environment (FACE) software design.

The affordable and dependable solution also features open architecture to meet the multiple customers’ applications.

Lockheed Martin Rotary Wing capture lead, Ed Whalen, said the company is working with the JMR customer to provide a highly adaptable package for use across multiple platforms.

"The JMR programme offers the opportunity for the US Army to leverage this investment and many others in its vertical lift programme through open architecture and Lockheed Martin’s advanced avionics, sensors and weapons," Whalen said.

"Lockheed is integrating the Dod‘s FACE software standards to enhance the mission equipment package’s affordability and growth potential."

"The US Department of Defense (DoD) and Lockheed Martin have invested billions of dollars to create advanced technology mission equipment packages, such as that in the F-35 Lightning II."

Lockheed is integrating the DoD’s future airborne capability environment (FACE) software standards into the cockpit and mission systems in order to enhance the mission equipment package’s affordability and growth potential throughout its lifecycle.

The FACE standard for the software design will provide unprecedented flexibility for the army for reuse it across multiple aviation platforms while the solution will take from technologies, processes and lessons learned from the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter programme.

Additionally, the MEP was developed by the company’s three business units, which have experience in integrating mission equipment components and subsystems into a wide variety of US Army, navy, marine corps, air force and international rotary and fixed-wing programmes.

Defence Technology