Raytheon will improve targeting system for Predator UAV

McKINNEY, Texas, 28 Sept. 2005. Raytheon Co. was recently awarded a $31.4 million contract to provide the Multispectral Targeting System (MTS)-A for the Navy MH-60 helicopter and the Predator UAV (unmanned airborne vehicle) programs.

Sep 28th, 2005

McKINNEY, Texas, 28 Sept. 2005. Raytheon Co. was recently awarded a $31.4 million contract to provide the Multispectral Targeting System (MTS)-A for the Navy MH-60 helicopter and the Predator UAV (unmanned airborne vehicle) programs.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) will deliver 32 MTS-A electro- optic/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems under the Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) firm fixed price task order. The contract includes an option for an additional 19 systems. The work will be managed and manufactured at the company's McKinney, Texas, location.

The AN/AAS-52 MTS-A provides ranging, detecting and tracking capabilities through high performance EO/IR and laser designation/illumination system attributes. It allows customers to choose configuration options without modifying the platform, and ensures seamless mission system integration through using common technology in its turret components and system electronics unit.

"In today's challenging operational environment, having accurate battlespace awareness is key to critical decision making and timely response by our military services," stated Don Bex, project manager for NSWC Crane. "Systems like the MTS-A will provide our warfighters with the persistent surveillance capability and information needed to decide and respond."

Raytheon's MTS-A offers state of the art EO/IR and laser sensor capabilities, including seven fields of view, color TV, electronic zoom, three modes of automated video tracking, fused imagery, designation/range-finding and illumination, and analog and digital video outputs. Multi-capable, the AN/AAS-52 comes fully loaded for multiple mission applications in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on manned and unmanned aircraft.

"Raytheon has long led the industry in EO/IR development. Benefiting from that experience, MTS-A is a proven system currently in production and able to be quickly delivered to our NSWC Crane customer," said Fred Matthews, director of Raytheon Hunter Strike Systems. "Our McKinney site will further leverage its growing EO/IR center of excellence to provide the MH-60 and Predator platforms advanced sensor capabilities for assured mission success."

Raytheon SAS is the leading provider of sensor systems giving warfighters the most accurate and timely information available for the network-centric battlefield. With 2004 revenues of $4 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.

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