Raytheon has been awarded a contract to deliver 50 AAS-44C(V) multispectral targeting systems (MTS) for use on the US Navy MH-60R and MH-60S rotary-wing helicopters.

The AAS-44C(V) is a variant of the MTS and uses a full-motion video camera for long-range surveillance and high-altitude acquisition, tracking and laser designation from a manned or unmanned aircraft.

The airborne infrared targeting system provides day and night environment video imagery to help soldiers, intelligence analysts and commanders in the battlefield in making critical operating decisions.

Deliveries as per the $50m contract are expected to begin in 2011 and end in 2012.

The company is also currently pursuing foreign military sales of its MTS family of sensor solutions with the Australian and Indian Navies.