Thu, Nov 16, 2006
Will Refurbish Radar Systems
Boeing has been awarded a $108 million contract to deliver Radar
System Improvement Program (RSIP) kits to Japan's fleet of four
E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
The Foreign Military Sale was contracted through the Electronic
Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. The sale also
includes spare and repair parts, support equipment and technical
documentation. Installation of the kits will occur during a
"RSIP increases the AWACS aircraft's radar sensitivity, allowing
it to detect and track smaller targets. It also improves the
radar's existing computer with a new high-reliability
multi-processor and rewrites the software to facilitate future
maintenance and enhancements," said Anthony Williams, Boeing Japan
AWACS program manager.
The RSIP kit, built principally by Northrop Grumman Electronic
Systems, Baltimore, Md., under a subcontract to Boeing, consists of
a new radar computer, a radar control maintenance panel as well as
software upgrades to the radar and mission system programs.
RSIP kits have been installed on the US, United Kingdom, NATO
and French AWACS fleets.
Boeing delivered the four E-767 AWACS to Japan between 1998 and
1999. They have been in service since 2000.
AWACS fills the needs for both airborne surveillance and command
control functions for tactical and air defense forces. Substantial
growth capacity inherent in the E-767 AWACS ensures that system can
be readily adapted to meet future missions and requirements.
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