Posted by John McHaleINDIANAPOLIS, 30 Oct. 2010. The Department of the Navy's Naval Air Systems Command awarded Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) a $14.8 million contract to produce dual pod countermeasures dispensers as a helicopter protection system for for U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters. Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC (RTSC) will manufacture the units at its Indianapolis operation.Aircrews will use the pods to dispense chaff and flares to counter incoming missiles. The dual pods will replace current single-pod dispenser systems on the aircraft, enhancing the protection provided to crews and passengers."The CH-53 dual pod system will improve survivability of the aircraft in the combat zone," says Wayne Iurillo, RTSC vice president of customized engineering and depot support. "But most important, it will save lives of our warfighters."