CLIFTON, N.J., 13 May 2013. ITT Exelis (NYSE:XLS) won a $9.4 million contract from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas, to supply the Continuous Wave Illuminator (CWI) subsystem for the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The Exelis CWI special-purpose transmitter works with the aircraft fire control radar and mission computer to guide semi-active missiles when launched. Using radio-frequency (RF) energy, the system illuminates airborne targets to ensure the missile finds its target.
“The CWI technology plays a critical role in the mission success of U.S. and allied warfighters,” says Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems.
The new technology is less than half the volume and 60 percent of the weight of the legacy subsystem used on older fighter aircraft, says a company representative. The Exelis CWI subsystem employs the latest technologies for high-voltage power supply, digital control, microwave signal generation, and power amplifier circuits.
Engineers at Exelis Electronic Systems in Clifton, N.J., will perform the manufacturing work under this contract. Deliveries will be completed by December 2014.