BAE Systems has delivered the 150th OE-120 identification friend-or-foe (IFF) antenna to the US Navy, which has been designed to allow sailors to accurately identify friendly aircraft and vessels.
The antenna supports ship-board air traffic management systems for both IFF and secondary surveillance radars.
The OE-120 antenna is intended to support the Aegis Combat System and is the only electronically scanned IFF antenna currently in use with the US Navy.
BAE Systems Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Systems vice-president and general manager Dave Logan said: “Our employees come to work each day knowing that what they do matters and aligns with our mission.
“This team has successfully delivered the OE-120 antenna for more than 30 years, offering navies around the world constant fleet protection.”
The antenna accommodates all standard IFF modes for a wide range of mission requirements.
It offers instantaneous, multiple target identification against upgraded air threats, thereby providing the fleet with improved situational awareness.
Naval Air Traffic Management Systems programme manager US Navy captain Joseph Hornbuckle said: “With this product, BAE Systems delivers more than just hardware; it delivers coherent capabilities to our team.
“Your service to the fleet for almost four decades is a true testament to the product’s artisanship.”
The IFF antenna is currently deployed on-board a wide range of navy vessels, ranging from frigates to aircraft carriers.