Raytheon on SHARP end of $19.2 million contract

Raytheon has been awarded a contract worth up to $19.2 million by the US Navy to produce eight Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) Systems for use on the F/A-18E/F Superhornet.

Raytheon has been awarded a contract worth up to $19.2 million by the US Navy to produce Low-Rate Initial Production Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) Systems.

Under this contract, Raytheon Technical Services will produce eight SHARP Systems for delivery in 2004. Work will be performed in Indianapolis.

This award follows a $5.1 million contract award made by the US Navy inJanuary 2003 for Raytheon to continue providing engineering and production support to the SHARP Program through to May 2004.

SHARP was developed by a government-industry integrated product team (IPT) composed of the US Navy, Raytheon, Boeing, Recon Optical and L-3 Communications.

Raytheon designed and developed the pod to carry advanced day/night and all-weather tactical reconnaissance payloads. For this contract, the Navy will provide high-resolution, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors produced by Recon Optical and data-link systems produced by L-3 Communications, which will be integrated by Raytheon into the SHARP System.

SHARP will soon be deployed as an Early Operational Capability for the F/A-18F Super Hornet on the USS Nimitz. While the initial systems employ EO/IR sensors for use on the F/A-18E/F aircraft, the pod design can be adapted to a number of sensor payloads on a wide range of aircraft.