Raytheon awarded Paveway™ IV Weapon Integration contract for U.K. RAF Tornado GR4
HARLOW, U.K., Feb. 20, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) United Kingdom-based subsidiary has been awarded a contract to support the integration and flight trials of the Paveway™ IV dual mode precision guided bomb onto the U.K. Royal Air Force Tornado GR4/4A. The contract is valued at GBP8.5 million, or about $16.6 million.
Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) is now under contract to integrate Paveway IV on all U.K. strike platforms including Harrier GR9/9A (successfully completed in August 2007), F-35B Lightening II (Joint Combat Aircraft), and Eurofighter Typhoon.
Integration on the Tornado GR4 is scheduled for completion in 2010. The program will focus on providing weapon system performance documentation, advice to the development of the aircraft stores management systems, and flight clearance of the weapon onto the aircraft. In support of the flight trials and certification program, RSL will provide BAE Systems with the required trials hardware and weapon system simulators. RSL's partner in the U.S., Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., will supply the enhanced computer control group, telemetry sub-systems, instrumentation, test equipment and associated support.
Tobin Touchstone, director of Precision Systems at RSL, said: "The Tornado GR4 was the first platform to integrate Raytheon's highly successful Enhanced Paveway II. We are confident that the U.K.'s Royal Air Force will be delighted with the expanded capability that Paveway IV has to offer. We are also excited about the potential export opportunities the Paveway IV integration program will provide."
Incorporating an enhanced Mk82 500lb warhead and an all-electronic fuze, Paveway IV utilizes second-generation, state-of-the art GPS-aided inertial navigation with anti-spoofing and anti-jamming technology to provide unsurpassed accuracy in all operational scenarios.
Raytheon Systems Limited is a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in Mission Systems Integration in defense, national security and commercial markets. RSL designs, develops and manufactures a range of high-technology electronic systems and software at its facilities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning more than 85 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 72,000 people worldwide.
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