Raytheon to provide midwave infrared sensor turrets for CH-53K and HH-60 military helicopters

Posted by John Keller

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 2 Oct. 2013. U.S. Navy helicopter avionics experts needed forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor pods for CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters and for HH-60 special operations helicopter. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., awarded $20 million order to Raytheon late last week to provide 30 AN/AAQ-29A electro-optical FLIR kits -- five for the CH-53 and 35 for the HH-60.

The AN/AAQ-29A is a lightweight, high performance FLIR with a 480-by-640-pixel 3-5 micron wavelength indium antimonide midwave infrared detector and a three-field-of-view telescope on a 12-inch turret. The FLIR pod helps helicopter pilots with low-level navigation to high altitude long-range targeting.

The Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion is a large, heavy-lift cargo helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The three-engine rotorcraft has composite rotor blades, wide cabin, and will be the largest and heaviest helicopter in the U.S. military when it enters service sometime next year.

The Sikorsky HH-60 is a multi-mission, twin-engine, medium-range helicopter for search and rescue. It is based on the Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter. The HH-60 can fly a crew of four as far as 300 miles, hoist as many as six additional people on board while remaining on-scene for as long as 45 minutes, and return to base while maintaining a fuel reserve.

The Raytheon AN/AAQ-29A FLIR can support helicopter surveillance, navigation (even at low level) and long-range target acquisition using midwave infrared sensor technology. The sensor enables helicopter pilots to see through darkness, smoke, haze, and bad weather.

The contract to Raytheon includes 25 L2G multifunction control units and 35 L2G system control units for the HH-60 helicopters; two memory loader verifier system cables and software update, system integration and test support for the CH-53K helicopters; one technical data package; and repair of repairables analysis.

Raytheon will do the work in McKinney, Texas, and El Segundo, Calif., and should be finished by September 2015. For more information contact Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems online at www.raytheon.com/capabilities/global_isr, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.

Easily post a comment below using your Linkedin, Twitter, Google or Facebook account.


The Innovation That Matters™ Quiz

Innovation is one of the key drivers in the Defense industry. View this short video of Leon Woo, VP of Engineering at Mercury Systems, on the role of innovation. Then, answer 3 simple questions correctly to be entered into a drawing to win an Eddie Bauer fleece jacket!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TWO MOST RECENT WINNERS. "Nick from SPARWAR" and "Bridget from AOC."


Military & Aerospace Photos

There is no current content available.
Wire News provided by   

Most Popular Articles

Webcasts

Digital signal processing for signals intelligence and electronic warfare

Military & Aerospace Electronics presents an expert Webcast on the latest hardware and software trends for high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications in demanding military signals intelligen...
Sponsored by:

Advantages of Intel Architecture Products and Wind River Solutions in Military & Aerospace Applications

This webinar explains the individual advantages of the Intel Architecture hardware, available for long-life supply, and the WRS software portfolio.  There are extraordinary advantages of combining such ...
Sponsored by:

Engineering the VPX high-speed data path for physical and signal integrity

Join Arrow Electronics and TE Connectivity, for an overview webinar of the standards, technologies and trends involving VITA and TE.

social activity

All Access Sponsors


Mil & Aero Magazine

February 2014
Volume 25, Issue 2
file

Download Our Apps



iPhone

iPad

Android

Follow Us On...



Newsletters

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information
SUBSCRIBE

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers
SUBSCRIBE

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications
SUBSCRIBE

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles
SUBSCRIBE