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Lockheed Martin awarded technology development contract for F/A-18E/F Infrared Search and Track program

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded a $4 million contract by the Boeing Company for the technology development phase of the F/A-18E/F Infrared Search and Track (IRST) program. The technology development contract follows a two-year pre-system design and development program in which Lockheed Martin was down-selected as the sole source provider.

"The IRST sensor system will provide next generation capability to counter emerging threats," said Ken Fuhr, fixed-wing program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The ability to passively detect and track targets in the absence of radar capability is essential to the Warfighter. It's all about seeing the enemy. If you lose sight, you lose the fight."

The F/A-18E/F IRST is a passive, infrared sensor system that enables long-range detection and weapons-quality track of enemy targets under normal and electronic attack environments. The system enhances survivability and lethality in both offensive and defensive counter-air roles.

By engaging the IRST sensor system, Warfighters can overcome electronic attack and maintain unprecedented on-board situational awareness while detecting, identifying and engaging enemy targets at extended ranges. The IRST system's high-angle accuracy provides dramatically improved raid cell count at maximum declaration ranges and target range accuracy. This information can be used alone or fused with other sensor data to further enhance situational awareness.

Lockheed Martin is the only U.S. company with an active IRST production line. The development and production of this system for the F/A-18 E/F opens opportunities in the domestic and international markets. The IRST system is readily adaptable to a wide range of installation options on various platforms.

Press release issued by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control on May 18, 2009


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Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control Missiles, Infrared Target Designators, Command, Control & Intelligence Systems


 Related aircraft programs:
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet


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Weapons Systems

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