Wed, Oct 13, 2010
BAE Systems To Provide Transponders For ANG F-16s
U.S. Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons will be equipped
with BAE Systems "identification-friend-or-foe" (IFF) systems under
a four-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with
the first delivery order valued at $17.2 million.
The company will provide 90 AN/APX-113(V) combined
interrogator-transponders, versatile IFF systems developed
specifically for the F-16. The system generates and responds to
interrogations to positively establish the identity of friendly
forces, reducing the risk of friendly fire.
“Our combined interrogator/transponder incorporates the
latest IFF technology to enable war fighters to distinguish
friendly and enemy aircraft,” said Sal Costa, director of
identification and processing solutions for BAE Systems.
“This important upgrade will help ensure mission success and
sustain the F16’s position as a frontline air defense
aircraft well into the next decade.”
The Air National Guard, the world’s largest operator of
F-16s, will use the IFF systems for U.S. air defense, as well as to
assist U.S. Air Force in their mission which includes tactical
airlift support, combat communications, aerial refueling, and
evacuation of wounded.
The work will be performed in Greenlawn and is expected to be
completed by 2013.
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