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Air Force orders AMRAAM telemetry modules

April 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

MELBOURNE, Fla., April 14 (UPI) -- Warhead Replacement Tactical Telemetry Modules for AMRAAM missiles are being supplied to the U.S. Air Force by Harris Corp. of Florida.

The AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile is designed to take maximum advantage of the highly accurate, long-range target detection capabilities offered by the advanced radar systems of warplanes.

During live test and training firings at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, the Harris WRTTM has provided weapon system evaluators with critical flight and performance information about the AMRAAM, as well as command destruct capability for the missile -- from the time it is launched from F-15, F-16, and F-22 aircraft until impact.

"The proven performance, reliability and availability of our telemetry modules are key contributors to the long-standing success of the Air Force's Weapon System Evaluation program," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "We are pleased that the Air Force continues to select Harris equipment to play a vital role in its ongoing weapons evaluation initiatives."

Under the follow-on delivery order, Harris will deliver 135 WRTTMs to the Air Logistics Center at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.

The follow-on contract, worth $15 million, brings the overall value of the program for Harris to more than $170 million since 1991.

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