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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Boeing Receives $135 Million Contract from Navy

The U.S. Navy awarded Boeing on Tuesday a $135 million contract for engineering and manufacturing development of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor system.

The IRST system can detect and track multiple targets in electronically denied environments, according to Boeing. It is a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects infrared emissions. IRST allows the user to detect advanced threats, even those equipped with radar-jamming technology.

“The F/A-18E/F IRST team shares an absolute focus on getting this new capability into the hands of the warfighter,” said Tim Adrian, Boeing F/A-18E/F program manager.

Subcontracted to Boeing on IRST are Lockheed Martin, which is producing the IRST sensor; GE Aviation, which is supplying the fuel tank assembly that will contain the sensor; and Meggitt Defense Systems Inc., responsible for the unit’s cooling subassembly.

The Boeing Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft, able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.

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