L-3 Communications reportedly has dropped its protest of the U.S. Army's choice of Raytheon
to provide a new target sensor for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. The Army picked Raytheon
in early November to replace FLIR Systems' BRITE Star as the target acquisition and sensor system on Bell Helicopter
's ARH-70A after the first production lot. Raytheon's is intended as a common sensor that also will go on the Extended-Range, Multi-Purpose unmanned air vehicle. Army officials are to meet in early February with Raytheon officials in McKinney, Texas to kick off development work.