Sun, Jul 27, 2008
Tasked With Replacement For Navy's EP-3 Orion
Boeing announced last week Raytheon has joined its EP-X industry
team, to develop an airborne intelligence, surveillance,
reconnaissance and targeting aircraft to replace the US Navy's EP-3
signals intelligence (SIGINT) platform.
Raytheon, also a member of Boeing's P-8A Poseidon industry team,
will be responsible for EP-X sensor integration and
multi-intelligence integration and play a significant role in core
mission systems. Raytheon joins Argon ST, a leading designer and
developer of SIGINT sensors and information operations systems, on
the Boeing EP-X team.
"Raytheon is a great addition to our EP-X team and together with
Argon ST provides unparalleled experience and technical
capability," said Paul Summers, Boeing director of Airborne SIGINT
Campaigns. "The Boeing team understands the challenges and is
well-positioned to provide a capable and cost-effective EP-X
solution for the Navy."
The Navy awarded Boeing a $1.25 million EP-X concept refinement
contract in February. Since then, Boeing and Argon ST have been
defining program requirements and developing initial system
concepts. As prime contractor for P-8A, Boeing plans to draw on
that program's logistics, maintenance, support, training and other
relevant data for EP-X.
The Navy will solicit proposals for the technology development
phase of the program in the coming months and select contractors
for that phase in 2009.
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