Lockheed Martin has been awarded a Navy contract to turn MH-60 helicopters into anti-missile jammers.

The company will provide its Off-Board Electronic Warfare Active Mission Payload (AOEW AMP) AN/ALQ-248 system, a self-contained electronic warfare system carried by an MH-60R or MH-60S.

"The AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 can work independently or with the ship's onboard electronic surveillance sensor, SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6, to detect an incoming missile and then evaluate where it is going," according to a Lockheed Martin news release. "AOEW then uses radio frequency countermeasure techniques to deter the missile."

Under the contract, if all options are exercised, Lockheed Martin will deliver up to 18 AOEW AMP AN/ALQ-248 pods for the Navy.