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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

RAAF to Use Raytheon Radar

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) selected a Raytheon radar warning receiver for its F/A-18 tactical aircraft fleet as part of the Hornet Upgrade program. Raytheon said the deal for 66 ALR-67(V)3 systems is part of a production contract Raytheon has with the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command. To kick off the program, Raytheon received a $6.3 million antenna contract from the Navy in support of the RAAF program. The contract includes delivery of 20 antenna sets for the RAAF and forward antenna development effort for the RAAF and the Finland Air Force. The ALR-67(V)3, which is the radar warning receiver on Navy F/A-18E/F carrier-based tactical aircraft, provides digital technology to detect and identify threat radar emitters. Raytheon said the integration of the ALR-67(V)3 will provide the RAAF with a digital radar warning receiver that is fully integrated with the Hornet's avionics systems. Work on the radar warning receiver is being done by the company's Electronic Warfare organization in Goleta, Calif., with support of facilities in El Segundo, Calif., Forest, Miss., and McKinney, Texas.

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