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Lockheed Martin to Upgrade IRST21 Sensor System

US Navy F/A-18E/F fleet Receives Upgrade

 

Lockheed Martin recently received two contracts to upgrade its IRST21 sensor system for use on the US Navy’s F/A-18E/F fleet, from aircraft prime contractor Boeing. The Block II contracts provide up to U$100 million for developing advanced software, performing hardware upgrades and delivering prototypes. These efforts will further enhance IRST21’s proven detection, tracking and ranging capabilities in radar-denied environments.

The US Navy’s strategic block upgrade programme enables us to continue advancing our technology and rapidly deliver it to the warfighter,” Paul Lemmo, Vice President of Fire Control/Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said. “We are excited to implement the Block II upgrades and enhance IRST21’s performance.”

The IRST21 sensor system uses infrared search and track technology to detect and track airborne threats. Compared to radar, IRST21 significantly enhances the resolution of multiple targets, enabling pilots to accurately identify threat formations at longer ranges. This “see first, strike first” capability empowers pilots with greater reaction time, improving survivability.

 

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10/20/2017

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