F-16s for Iraq to get Raytheon electronic warfare system

Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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GOLETA, Calif., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A second batch of F-16 fighters being supplied to Iraq under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales deal will be equipped with a Raytheon electronic warfare system.

Raytheon said the contract was issued by Lockheed Martin, the aircraft's manufacturer, and calls for 18 advanced counter-measure electronic system, or ACES. The order, which includes spares and delivery of the systems to Lockheed, will begin in 2015.

"ACES offers the latest in electronic warfare self-protection technology designed specifically for the tactical fighter environment and mission," said Mark Kula, vice president of Tactical Airborne Systems for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business.

"Our system identifies, locates and reacts to potential threats before they can engage. This is critical, game-changing technology needed in today's increasingly complex threat environment."

The advanced counter-measure electronic system consists of a radar warning receiver, digital jammer and chaff-flare dispenser.

Raytheon, which supplied its system for the first batch of Iraqi F-16s, gave no details as to the value of the new contract.

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