The US Air Force has awarded a $208 million worth contract to Boeing for F-15 Legion Pod infrared search and track (IRST) pods.
The contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, provides for engineering, manufacturing, and development, production, integration, testing and deployment of F-15 Legion Pod IRST pods.
Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri; and Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2020, the release said.
The Legion Pod is designed to provide sensor information in radar-denied environments due to jamming. It is a modular system that can be mounted on multiple types of aircraft with few modifications required.
The system uses infrared search-and-track technology for detecting and engaging targets. It is a derivative of the older IRST system that was used on the Navy F-14 Tomcat.
Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds; fiscal 2018 procurement funds; fiscal 2018 working capital funds; and other types of funds (operations and maintenance, research and development, etc.) in the amount of $154,574,000 are being obligated at the time of award, the release added.