Lockheed Martin developing system requirements for F-15C IRST program

ORLANDO, FL, 1 May 2010. Officials at Boeing have tasked engineers at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to continue developing system requirements for the U.S. Air Force's F-15C IRST sensor system program. The IRST sensor system augments the aircrews' critical ability to track and engage targets in dense threat environments. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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ORLANDO, FL, 1 May 2010. Officials at Boeing have tasked engineers at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to continue developing system requirements for the U.S. Air Force's F-15C IRST sensor system program. The IRST sensor system augments the aircrews' critical ability to track and engage targets in dense threat environments. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The passive IRST sensor system, used alone or in concert with existing F-15 sensors, provides the warfighters enhanced on-board situational awareness while detecting, identifying, and engaging enemy targets at extended ranges. The IRST system's high-angle accuracy also provides the ability to track closely-spaced targets at maximum ranges. This information can be used alone or combined with other sensor data to further enhance pilot situational awareness.

"Continuation of this contract solidifies Lockheed Martin and Boeing’s partnership to provide first-to-see, first-to-shoot capability across the services," says Ken Fuhr, fixed-wing program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Already in development for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18EF aircraft, the IRST sensor system will increase the lethality and survivability of the U.S. Air Force's F-15C fleet by enabling passive detection and tracking of airborne targets."

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