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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Raytheon to Develop Tactical Radar System

Raytheon won a $135.4 million contract from U.S. Special Operations Command to develop a new tactical radar for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems division, based in El Segundo, Calif., will perform the work in Dallas and McKinney, Texas. The system design and development contract calls for Raytheon to build, test and integrate the new Silent Knight radar. The system will serve as a common multi-mode terrain following/terrain avoidance radar for a variety of platforms including the MH-47G helicopter, the lead aircraft for the program, Raytheon said. The system also will provide navigation support, ground mapping and weather information to air crews. Raytheon said the radar will incorporate advances in terrain following and avoidance capabilities and will be lighter and require less power than predecessors. Silent Knight also will be fielded on MH-60M, MC-130H and CV-22 block 30 aircraft. The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, potentially valued at more than $164 million, contains an option for six low rate initial production units. Principal partners include AIC, Crestview, Fla.; DRS Technologies, St. Louis, Mo.; and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. More 
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