Argon has been awarded a development and initial production to deliver its ARD19, 19in rugged display in support of the US Navy’s MH60S airborne mine counter measures (AMCM) mission.
The contract was awarded after a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP), in which Argon’s solution demonstrated and met the specific set of mounting and functional requirements.
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration: Owego, with Sikorsky, is integrator for the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter’s mine countermeasures systems.
Argon CEO Mike Forde said: "This unit will provide not only Lockheed Martin, but all of our customers, with a qualified alternative for command & control (C&C) installations, and will serve the market for years to come."
The company has developed the ARD19, 19in solution based on its ARD20, 20.1in rugged display, which has recently completed a full suite of environmental and electro-magnetic Interference (EMI) qualification testing.
In order to better support the MH-60S application, the configuration changes that Argon has delivered to the solution included changing the display to 19in, the input from five wire BNC to standard VGA, the addition of RS-343 input video, and relocation of the controls.
Argon said that it expects the ARD19 to complete full qualification tests and an end user evaluation of the unit night vision imaging (NVIS) performance.
The MH-60S can also conduct vertical replenishment (VERTREP) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions, as well as anti-surface warfare (ASUW) missions in armed configuration.
Image: Argon’s proposed variant of ARD20 20.1in rugged display. Photo: courtesy of Argon Corporation.