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Raytheon Co. has been awarded a $10 M 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 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 US Air Force Research Labs/Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) AT3 advanced technical demonstration completed in 2003 by Raytheon Missile Systems. The contract also contains $11 M 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 US Air Force C-130, F-16, A-10 and MH-53 aircraft. Raytheon was awarded the ALT-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 radar warning system is being done at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business by its Electronic Warfare Systems organization, located in Goleta, CA.
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