Harris to sustain USAF EW tech
Harris Corporation has been awarded a four-year, $55 million contract to sustain electronic warfare technology used on large US Air Force (USAF) aircraft, the company announced on 24 October.
The contract will see Harris perform sustainment and engineering services on the ALQ-172 self-protection system installed on the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber and the C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft. The system protects these aircraft from radar-guided threats.
The company will redesign one of the Line Replaceable Units (LRU-1) of the system as part of a wider effort to increase its reliability, supportability and availability; and develop software, support customer testing and provide other solutions for the USAF.
Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems, said: 'Hostile air defence systems are becoming more sophisticated and accessible in global conflict zones. With the B-52 set to remain a key component of US strategic airpower for the next two decades, it is essential that it be equipped with innovative electronic warfare technology capable of defeating future threats.'
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