Raytheon to provide advanced surveillance capabilities for US Army

According to information published on November 8, 2021, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, was awarded a $17.5 million IDIQ contract by the U.S. Army to provide improved Mode 5 and ADS-B surveillance capabilities for safe airspace engagement with its Identification Friend or Foe, or IFF, transponders and cryptographic technologies to support the military’s effort through 2026.
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A pilot uses the Identification Friend or Foe interrogator to tell the difference between the "good guys" and "bad guys" in a contested environment. (Picture source Raytheon)

IFF is an identification system that enables military and civilian air traffic control interrogation systems to identify aircraft, vehicles or forces as friendly, enemy or neutral.

Under the contract, RI&S will deliver APX-119 transponders, digital control panels, personality modules, KIV-77 crypto modules, crypto simulators and mounting trays for Foreign Military Sales platforms.

“In an ever-evolving environment, we deliver critical surveillance capabilities for our nation’s military,” said Denis Donohue, vice president, Communications and Airspace Management Systems, RI&S. “It is our priority to help ensure our nation’s warfighters are properly equipped with increased situational awareness and stronger security functions.”

With more than 60 years of experience in IFF, RI&S has installed and maintained IFF transponders and interrogators on more than 120 platforms around the world.