Raytheon gets infrared and laser sensor avionics order for Navy helicopters

McKINNEY, Texas, 20 Sept. 2009. The Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, is providing the U.S. Navy with a helicopter-based electro-optical avionics sensor suite -- with infrared capability, laser designator, illuminator laser, and visible light sensor -- under terms of a $44.3 million order awarded late Friday.

Sep 20th, 2009

McKINNEY, Texas, 20 Sept. 2009. The Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas, is providing the U.S. Navy with a helicopter-based electro-optical avionics sensor suite -- with infrared capability, laser designator, illuminator laser, and visible light sensor -- under terms of a $44.3 million order awarded late Friday.

Raytheon is providing 62 of its AN/AAS-52 Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) airborne sensor suites for Navy UH-60R and UH-60S helicopters to enhance their forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor capabilities, Navy officials announced.

The Raytheon MTS is a multi-use electro-optical infrared (EO/IR), and laser detecting-ranging-tracking set for long-range surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, rangefinding, and laser designation for the Hellfire missile and for all tri-service and NATO laser-guided munitions.

The MTS is designed for growth options such as multiple wavelength sensors, TV cameras (near-IR and color), illuminators, eyesafe rangefinders, spot trackers and other avionics through add-in circuitry.

Raytheon will build the systems in McKinney, Texas, and should be finished filling the Navy's order by November 2011. Awarding the order were officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane Ind.

For more information contact Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems online at www.raytheon.com.

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