U.S. Air Force Awards Raytheon $12.6 Million Helmet Mounted Integrated Targeting Contract
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $12.6 million contract for Phase 1 integration and qualification of the Helmet Mounted Integrated Targeting (HMIT) system for Air Force and Air National Guard A-10C and F-16C Block 30/32 aircraft.
HMIT will be a "heads-up" system that displays crucial information in high-resolution color imagery directly in the pilot's field of vision. Information displayed will include weapons-cueing, targeting and situational awareness information, including data from on-board and remote sensors. The system will track helmet movement to display accurate imagery regardless of the direction the pilot's head is turned, and it will be fully compatible with U.S. military-standard airborne night vision systems.
Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), the prime contractor, is teamed with Gentex Corp. to produce the system, based on Gentex's Visionix Scorpion™ Helmet Mounted Cueing System. The program includes five one-year production options, with a potential total value up to $50 million.
"The HMIT contract is a natural extension of our work designing and integrating advanced electronic display systems into fixed- and rotary-wing military aircraft," said RTSC Customized Engineering and Depot Support Vice President Wayne Iurillo. "The purpose of these new display systems is to give pilots the information they need, when and where they need it, so they can accomplish their missions. We've proven we can do that quickly, reliably and cost-effectively, with minimum downtime and minimal modification to the aircraft."
Gentex Corp., headquartered in Simpson, Pa., is a helmet-mounted display innovator and the world's leading producer of helmets for military aircrews. The Gentex Visionix Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System is the world's first full-color, high-resolution, helmet-mounted system for designating targets and steering sensors and weapons.
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.
Gerald L. Petrie
SOURCE Raytheon Company