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Romeo EW completes developmental testing.

The Integrated Self-Defense (ISD) system being built for the US Navy's MH-60R (or Romeo) helicopter has successfully completed developmental testing. The testing, conducted from mid-January through early February at Eglin AFB, FL, demonstrated the successful integration of the ISD suite of warning systems and countermeasures designed to protect the helicopter against missile attacks. The ISD suite will be included on what ultimately will be a fleet of 254 MH-60R helicopters for the Navy, designed for anti-surface warfare, undersea warfare, and local-area peace-keeping operations.

"The ISD performed very successfully through an intensive testing sequence," according to LCDR Mark Johnson, the Navy's ISD test-team project officer. "All components worked as expected, and the system proved effective in tests against multiple infrared (IR) and multiple radio-frequency (RF) missile systems."

The testing involved 14 flights totaling 40 hours. Participants included the Lockheed Martin MH-60R test team; representatives from Sikorsky, which builds the airframe; engineers, maintenance crew, and test pilots from the HX-21 developmental test squadron at Patuxent River, MD; engineers and scientists from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Crane, IN); engineers from the 46th Test Wing at Eglin AFB; and personnel from BAE Systems (Nashua, NH). The team evaluated the ISD suite, which includes missile-warning systems, decoy flares and chaff, and IR and RF countermeasures. The Navy will now conduct operational testing of the system.

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Title Annotation:AMERICAS REPORT; Integrated Self-Defense (ISD) system
Comment:Romeo EW completes developmental testing.(AMERICAS REPORT)(Integrated Self-Defense (ISD) system)
Author:Rivers, Brendan P.
Publication:Journal of Electronic Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:May 1, 2004
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