Lockheed to supply IRST system for US Navy

25 November 2011 (Last Updated November 25th, 2011 04:35)

Lockheed Martin has been selected to supply the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor system for the US Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft programme as it enters the engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase.

Lockheed Martin has been selected to supply the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor system for the US Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft programme as it enters the engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) phase.

The IRST system is a passive, long-range sensor that will be installed on the navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft radar to enhance the overall weapon system performance.

The system, equipped with radar-jamming technology, can simultaneously track multiple targets and provides air-to-air targeting capability when encountering advanced threats.

The sensor system will also provide improved situational awareness, lethality and survivability capabilities for the aircrew.

Initial operating capability of the F/A-18E/F IRST is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The company has been subcontracted by Boeing for the F-15C programme.