PALO ALTO, Calif., March 19 (UPI) -- Sierra Nevada Corp. has contracted Communications & Power Industries Inc. to support the U.S. Navy's airborne beacon technology.
U.S. company CPI, a developer of microwave and radio-frequency technologies for defense and communications, was contracted to support the Navy's AN/APN-245 Automatic Carrier Landing System Beacon.
Under the approximately $3.1 million contract, CPI will deliver its integrated microwave assemblies and transmitters to Sierra Nevada for use in the ACLS Beacon.
The AN/APN-245 ACLS Beacon is integrated into the F/A-18 Hornet variants and the new aircraft carrier-based electronic-warfare EA-18G Growler aircraft.
"The radar beacon is necessary for automatic landings aboard a carrier, and the radar products supplied by CPI are vital components of this landing system," a news release said.