LONDON Raytheon has extended its contract with Radstone Technology (Towcester, England) to supply the PPC4A single board computer, MIL STD 1553 interfaces and Fibre Channel modules for incorporation into 521 ATFLIR pods.
Scheduled for delivery over the next five years, the contact is worth around $12 million and is a follow-on from an original contract which was placed in June 1998.
With its enhanced target detection and recognition range, ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infra Red) substantially extends the capability and survivability of the US Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft squadrons worldwide. Among its benefits are that it delivers a substantial increase in target detection/recognition range over first-generation systems, and pinpoint accuracy and assessment from longer standoff ranges. Its target detection range shows a four-fold improvement over previous systems, and laser designation is effective at altitudes up to 50,000 feet and at a slant range of greater than 30miles.
Jeff Perrin, Chief Executive of Radstone Technology, said, “This latest order is a further demonstration of Radstone’s leadership in rugged, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computing technology – and also of the excellent long term working relationship we have with Raytheon.”