The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has exercised an option allowing
Raytheon to proceed with its X-band Thin Radar Aperture (XTRA) production for
use on the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) as its primary
The AFRL exercised the option following the proof of concept phase of the
contract that was issued in April 2004. The design of the XTRA antenna meets the
requirements of performance, size, weight and affordability by using a
revolutionary array technology. It will be used onboard smaller and lighter
manned and unmanned aircraft providing advanced sensors capability. The initial
funding for the effort is $4 million.
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