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Raytheon Nets $31.4 Million Contract For MTS-A On MH-60, Predator

Raytheon's MTS-A provides the US Navy's Predator program with state of the art EO/IR and laser sensor capabilities, including seven fields of view, color TV, electronic zoom, three modes of automated video tracking, fused imagery, designation/range-finding and illumination, and analog and digital video outputs.

Mckinney TX (SPX) Sep 28, 2005
Raytheon was recently awarded a $31.4 million contract to provide the Multispectral Targeting System (MTS)-A for the Navy MH-60 helicopter and the Predator UAV programs.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) will deliver 32 MTS-A electro- optic/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems under the Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) firm fixed price task order. The contract includes an option for an additional 19 systems. The work will be managed and manufactured at the company's McKinney, Texas, location.

"Raytheon has long led the industry in EO/IR development. Benefiting from that experience, MTS-A is a proven system currently in production and able to be quickly delivered to our NSWC Crane customer," remarked Fred Matthews, director, Raytheon Hunter Strike Systems.

"Our McKinney site will further leverage its growing EO/IR center of excellence to provide the MH-60 and Predator platforms advanced sensor capabilities for assured mission success."

The AN/AAS-52 MTS-A provides superior ranging, detecting and tracking capabilities through high performance EO/IR and laser designation/ illumination system attributes.

Additionally, Raytheon's MTS-A gives customers configuration options without platform modification, and seamless mission system integration remains a cornerstone feature of the AN/AAS-52 due to common technology aspects of its turret components and system electronics unit.

"In today's challenging operational environment, having accurate battlespace awareness is key to critical decision making and timely response by our military services," stated Don Bex, project manager, NSWC Crane.

"Systems like the MTS-A will provide our warfighters with the persistent surveillance capability and information needed to decide and respond."

Raytheon's MTS-A offers state of the art EO/IR and laser sensor capabilities, including seven fields of view, color TV, electronic zoom, three modes of automated video tracking, fused imagery, designation/range-finding and illumination, and analog and digital video outputs.

Multi-capable, the AN/AAS-52 comes fully loaded for multiple mission applications in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on manned and unmanned aircraft.

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Predator UAS Family Achieves 150K Flight Hours
San Diego (SPX) Sep 21, 2005
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has announced that the Predator unmanned aircraft system family achieved a milestone of 150,000 flight hours last month, with over two-thirds (100,000 hours) of that time spent in combat.







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