An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter

Enterprise Ventures (EVC) has received a firm-fixed-price contract modification from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) to develop carriage, stream, tow and recovery system (CSTRS) units for the MH-60S helicopter.

Under the $14.2m contact, EVC will manufacture additional CSTRS units for the US Navy’s Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin-built MH-60S Seahawk helicopter.

The contract follows a previously awarded initial contract to Concurrent Technologies (CTC) / EVC in May 2012, while an additional contract was awarded in December 2012.

The MH-60S helicopter-mounted CSTRS capability, part of US Navy’s Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures (OAMCM) programme, provides an extra measure of safety for the crew while allowing the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships to readily respond to mine threats.

EVC and CTC Capabilities vice president David Schario said CTC served as the prime contractor for the US Navy’s OAMCM CSTRS programme for almost 15 years.

"This new request for additional units allows us to continue to grow EVC and add new jobs in Johnstown," Schario added.

The modular design of the CSTRS is capable of supporting the deployment requirement of multiple mine sensors while providing a range of mine countermeasure abilities.

EVC production managing director Ed Peretin said: "EVC began producing the CSTRS units in May 2012, and production under these contracts will span a total of more than four years."

The MH-60S Seahawk helicopter has been designed to conduct vertical replenishment (VERTREP), combat search and rescue (CSAR), special warfare support and airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) missions, as well as anti-surface warfare (ASUW) missions in armed configuration.

Image: An MH-60S helicopter lands on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Photo courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released.

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