Lockheed Martin was recently received two contracts to upgrade its Infra-red Search and Track (IRST)21 sensor system for use on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F fleet.
Awarded by aircraft prime contractor Boeing, the Block II contracts provide up to $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 U.S. Navy's strategic block upgrade program enables us to continue advancing our technology and rapidly deliver it to the warfighter," said Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
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.
IRST21 is the next generation of Lockheed Martin's legacy IRST sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the U.S. Navy's F-14 and on international F-15 platforms. Currently, IRST21 flies mounted in the F/A-18E/F's centerline fuel tank.
A compact design enables IRST21 to be integrated in a variety of ways. On the F/A-18E/F, IRST21 is mounted on the nose section of the centerline fuel tank. A podded sensor system with IRST21 is also in development and will be transportable across a wide range of platforms including the F-15C and F-16.
The Canadian government has submitted an expression of interest to buy used Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets from Australia amidst a trade dispute with the United States. "Canada expects to receive a response by the end of this year that will provide details regarding the availability and cost of the aircraft and associated parts that Canada is considering," the Canadian government said in a statement yesterday
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of ten F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft besides weapons, radars and communication systems altogether worth US$5.23 billion
Malaysian Air Forces 20-year-old F/A-18D Hornet fighter jet fleet has recently undergone a comprehensive upgrade that includes AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles, Joint Direct Attack Munitions besides targetng and cueing systems . The programme was carried out in phases to enhance the Hornets combat effectiveness in its primary tasking in the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles,
The Swiss military has found its missing pilot dead and the F/A-18 jet crashed in the Alps mountains near Susten Pass. A Swiss airforce pilot has been found dead following the crash of an F/A-18 military jet on Monday, the defence ministry has confirmed to
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