ITT Exelis awarded contract to provide RF technology for fighter aircraft
CLIFTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) received a $9.4 million contract from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas, to supply the Continuous Wave Illuminator (CWI) subsystem for the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The Exelis CWI subsystem is a special purpose transmitter that works with the aircraft fire control radar and mission computer to guide semi-active missiles when launched. Using RF (radio frequency) 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," said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems. "We are proud to deliver a lighter, more powerful electronic warfare solution to our customer."
This newly developed technology is less than half the volume and 60 percent of the weight of the legacy subsystem used on older fighter aircraft. The Exelis CWI subsystem uses the latest technology for its high-voltage power supply, digital control, microwave signal generation and power amplifier circuits.
Exelis Electronic Systems in Clifton, N.J., will perform the manufacturing work under this contract. Deliveries will be completed by December 2014.
About ITT Exelis
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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