Raytheon awarded $18.5m

The US Navy has awarded Raytheon an $18.5m contract modification to provide an infrared marker upgrade on Hornet and Super Hornet targeting pods, which will enhance F/A-18 ground operations support.

The upgrade will affect Lots 4 and 5 of the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared program. The work will be performed by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California, and McKinney, Texas.

The marker supports ground operations and air-to-ground missions, allowing F/A-18 pilots to illuminate targets of interest with an infrared designator.

To date, Raytheon has delivered more than 190 pods to the navy, and the program is currently in Lot 3 full rate production. The company expects to begin building Lot 4 pods in December.