GOLETA, Calif., 2 August 2005. Raytheon Co. has been awarded a $10 million contract for an advanced concept technology demonstration of Advanced Tactical Targeting Technology (AT3). The technology will be demonstrated in 2007 on three F-16 Block 30 aircraft using Raytheon's digital radar warning receiver, the ALR-69A(V).
The award was received from the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The phase one contract calls for the demonstration of rapid and accurate location of RF (radio frequency) emitters associated with enemy air defenses. Three F-16 aircraft will be networked to share precise signal measurements in a timely manner, providing 360-degree coverage to rapidly and accurately locate RF emitters from any angle of arrival without use of external hardware.
This demonstration will build upon the success of a U.S. Air Force Research Labs/DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Agency) AT3 advanced technical demonstration completed in 2003 by Raytheon Missile Systems. The contract also contains $11 million in options for additional test phases of the program.
"This program is a giant step toward providing network-enabled defeat of enemy air defenses," stated Pat Hurley, vice president and general manager of Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems. "Our ALR-69A(V) is a highly advanced radar warning receiver, and this technology enhancement is just one example of its extraordinary capabilities."
The ALR-69A(V) receiver system used for the AT3 demonstration is an upgrade of the ALR-69(V), which is currently installed on Air Force C- 130, F-16, A-10, and MH-53 aircraft. Raytheon was awarded the ALR-69A(V) program in August 2001. Flight tests of the new digital radar warning receiver are expected to begin later in 2005, followed by a low rate initial production decision in 2006. Work on the towed decoy system is being done at Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business by its Electronic Warfare Systems organization located in Goleta, Calif.
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) is the leading provider of sensor systems giving war fighters the most accurate and timely information available for the network-centric battlefield. With 2004 revenues of $4.0 billion and 13,000 employees, SAS is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.
Raytheon Co., with 2004 sales of $20.2 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide. For more information, see www.raytheon.com.