Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that Vermont-based Kaman Composites has landed part of a major contract to provide parts for Sikorskyâ s MH-60R helicopter, a new variant of the Navyâ s helicopter replacing the SH-60B Seahawks. Kaman manufactures radomes, enclosures designed to protect a helicopterâ s radar antenna, which are made of a composite materials that allows radar waves to pass through the material.
Kaman, which subcontracts with primary contractor Lockheed Martin, is already completing its original multiyear contract to provide radomes for MH-60Rs. The additional $8.1 million announced by Leahy is a follow-on multi-year contract for additional components.
Seahawks, the backbone of the Navyâ s helicopter force, are an aging fleet, and the MH-60R is an upgraded variant. The new Seahawk model features, among many improvements, both long-range search radar for detecting surface vessels, and â dipping’sonar for tracking submarines ‘capabilities previously divided between two separate versions of the helicopter. Leahy noted that Kamanâ s technology is crucial to ensuring these newly integrated capabilities function properly.
Bill Berg, the director of aerospace sales at Kaman Composites-Vermont in Bennington, said, â Our highly skilled work force is proud to continue their contribution to the MH-60R program helping to protect the Navyâ s surface fleet against advanced threats.â
Leahy, a senior member of the Defense Departmentâ s budget committee ‘the Appropriations Committeeâ s Defense Subcommittee, which handles the Senateâ s work in writing the Pentagonâ s budget -- said he is proud to see Kaman continue working on cutting-edge technology that supports high-skill jobs in Vermont.