BAE Systems North America recently announced its Advanced Systems business recently received $40 million in two new Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems contracts.
A $30 million contract from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, Texas, will equip both US and international F-16 Block 50 tactical fighter aircraft currently in production, with the AN/APX-113 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) system.
AIFF production will total nearly 1,000 units with this new award. In recent years, the AN/APX-113, primarily used on F-16s, has expanded its base of airborne platforms including the new Electronically Scanned Antenna-equipped US Air Force F-15C fighter aircraft as well as United Kingdom surveillance and maritime patrol aircraft.
Advanced Systems received an additional $10 million contract from the US Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, for AN/APX-117 and AN/APX-118 IFF systems. Under a joint programme, these systems will replace, via retrofit, many existing transponders in the Navy and US Army over the next several years.