Athena Awarded Watchkeeper Pact

By Tish Drake | June 11, 2008
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Athena Technologies, which was recently acquired by Rockwell Collins, received a follow-on production order for Athena 411 integrated inertial navigation, global positioning, and air data attitude heading reference systems. The Athena 411 systems will provide guidance and navigation, including dual redundant INS and quad redundant air data, to the Watchkeeper UAV. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) awarded the Watchkeeper contract worth $1.2 billion to a team led by Thales UK in 2005. The MOD will use Watchkeeper to provide surveillance and reconnaissance to protect British troops. System flight tests of Watchkeeper began this month. For related news

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