MCKINNEY, Texas, Nov. 12, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army has
selected Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to provide a common sensor payload
for manned and unmanned aircraft in a program that could represent more
than $1 billion in potential sales.
The initial $11 million order to Raytheon is part of an indefinite
delivery-indefinite quantity contract award that includes options up to
$1.2 billion. The program calls for design and development, testing and air
vehicle integration of a variant of Raytheon's Multi-spectral Targeting
"Raytheon looks forward to satisfying our commitment to the Army
warfighter and delivering a best-value common sensor for reconnaissance,
surveillance and target acquisition missions," said Mike Proch, vice
president for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance group of
Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "In addition, Raytheon will meet Army
force efficiency highest-priority capabilities, including common sensor
operations, procurement, systems integration and mission support package."
"The sales potential covers integration, production and mission support
of airborne electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor payloads for several
Army aviation platforms," Proch said. Under the current award, follow-up
production for the common sensor could be as many as 875 units. The work
will be performed by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas.
Raytheon will take advantage of commonality gained as the prime sensor
payload provider for the Army's Extended Range Multi-Purpose unmanned
aerial system. The company has delivered 10 AN/DAS-2
electro-optical/infrared/laser designator sensors under a system design and
development contract let in May 2005. At the beginning of this year, the
Army ordered seven more systems under a low rate production option.
Raytheon will also employ modular configuration and customization
expertise honed through the development of other EO/IR systems such as the
AN/AAS-52 and AN/DAS-1 on Air Force Predator and Reaper unmanned platforms,
respectively; the AN/AAS-44(C) on Navy MH-60R/S helicopters; and the
AN/ZSQ-2 on special operations aircraft.
Source: Raytheon Selected for Army Common Sensor Payload
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