US Army order Raytheon sensors

The US Army has placed two orders, worth a total of $17.2m (£8.7m), with Raytheon, for 18 common sensor payloads (CSP).

The orders form part of an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract from November 2007, and includes options up to $1.2bn.

The CSP will provide a common targeting sensor for army reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition missions. The new system, which will eventually equip extended range multi-purpose (ERMP) and other army unmanned and manned aircraft, is based on a variant of Raytheon’s multi-spectral targeting system.

‘We are still relatively early in the army common sensor payload programme. However, our broad core market strength and experience in building electro-optical infrared systems are proving to be distinct advantages as we move forward,’ said Tim Carey, vice-president for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS).