WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio — U.S. Air Force electro-optical surveillance experts needed next-generation multispectral targeting systems for the MQ-9 Reaper attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and other reconnaissance aircraft. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co.
Raytheon is building multispectral targeting systems with high-definition cameras, a diode pump laser designator and rangefinder, laser spot search and track, and three-mode target tracker.
Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced an $87.1 million contract to Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in McKinney, Texas, for 44 AN/DAS-4 multispectral targeting system (MTS) Model B high-definition and target location accuracy turrets.
The AN/DAS-4 offers four high-definition cameras covering five spectral bands; a three-color diode pump laser designator and rangefinder; laser spot search and track capability; automated sensor and laser bore sight alignment; three mode target trackers; and built-in provisions for future growth.
The AN/DAS-4, the latest variant of the Raytheon MTS family of sensors, incorporates greater fire control and target location accuracy technology than previous MTS versions for precise coordinates.
The AN/DAS-4 MTS enables mission commanders to use high-definition data from an airborne tactical sensor to identify and engage targets with greater accuracy. This sensor system also is going aboard the U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton long-range maritime patrol UAV.
This advanced electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) system provides tracking and laser designation for the Griffin and Paveway missiles, as well as all tri-service and NATO laser-guided munitions. MTS sensors offer several fields of view, electronic zoom, and multimode video tracking.
This contract also includes one lot of production support and capacity increase; one lot of initial spares and shop-replaceable units; and one lot of associated data. The contract also involves foreign military sales to France.
L-3 Technologies Advanced Laser Systems Technology (ALST) in Orlando, Fla., is providing the eye-safe laser rangefinders for the Raytheon MTS.
On this contract Raytheon will do the work in McKinney, Texas, and should be finished by November 2019.