Boeing has been awarded a $89 million contract to build a new Infrared Search and Track System into the US Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.
"The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded an $89,000,000 contract for incorporation of the Block II Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) in the F/A-18 E/F aircraft," the US Defense Department said in a press release Thursday.
The contract includes the initial design and development, procurement of prototyping hardware, technical risk reduction efforts, integrated product support, and technical reviews of IRST Block II with the F/A-18E/F aircraft, the release states.
The IRST gives F/A —18 drivers the ability to view multiple targets at higher resolutions and longer ranges compared to radar.
Work is expected to be completed in April 2020.