http://www.dcmilitary.com/, The Raytheon Company has been awarded a sixth full-rate-production contract of the AN/ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receivers for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The contract is valued at approximately $43 million and includes 30 RWR systems plus five spares.
The AN/ALR-67(V)3 is a radar warning receiver that provides visual and aural alerts to F/A-18E/F aircrew upon detection of ground-based, ship-based or airborne radar emitters. It is designed to enhance pilot situational awareness by providing accurate identification, lethality and azimuth displays of hostile and friendly emitters.
“This fourth-generation radar warning receiver, the ALR-67(V)3, is a major component of the Super Hornet's Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures set, one of the keys to the aircraft's survivability,” said F/A-18 Program Manager Capt. Donald “BD” Gaddis. “Today's event is yet another important step in the evolutionary spiral development of the F/A-18, keeping it ahead of the evolving threat and at the same time developing available and affordable elements of the aircraft.”
Deliveries of the system under the Lot 6 contract will begin in October 2005 and are expected to be complete by September 2006. The production award represents the sixth full-rate-production lot awarded to Raytheon. Low-rate initial production of the system began in June 1998, followed by full-rate production (Lot 1) in August 1999.
“This award is a validation of the superior performance demonstrated by the ALR-67(V)3 in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” said Pat Hurley, vice president and general manager, Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems. “And it is another example of a Raytheon product contributing to a complete mission systems solution.”
The system, designated the AN/ALR-67(V)3, provides advanced techniques to detect and identify threat radar emitters, thereby enhancing the survivability of aircraft equipped with the system. A total of 242 radar warning receivers plus spares has now been ordered under the overall production program.
The ALR-67(V)3 is designed to enhance the survivability of aircrews by providing improved situational awareness in today's complex electronic warfare environments. This includes emitter identification, extended capabilities in detection and processing, threat location and potential lethality. Raytheon has packaged the channelized radar warning receiver into a lightweight, 100-pound system that is designed to meet the Navy's electronic warfare requirements well into the 21st century.