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Exelis to Provide F-16 Illuminator

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | May 12, 2014
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[Avionics Today May 12, 2014] Exelis will provide its Continuous Wave Illuminator (CWI) subsystem for a fleet of F-16 fighter jets, under an $8.4 million follow-on contract from Lockheed Martin.

The contract is a follow-on from an initial contract award for the subsystem issued in September 2012. CWI works as a special-purpose transmitter with the F-16 control radar and mission computer to provide guidance for semi-active missiles. Radio frequency energy provides illumination for airborne targets and ensures that the missile finds its intended target, according to Exelis. 

“Our CWI subsystem provides a real edge, using the power of the electromagnetic spectrum to enable the success and safety of our aviators,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. “Utilizing its smaller size and lighter weight, the technology performs critical targeting tasks, allowing aviators to devote their attention to the larger mission.” 

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