Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a $59.7 million contract for support to forward-looking infrared systems aboard CH-53 Sea Stallion and V-22 Osprey aircraft.
Raytheon will work on the technology -- which was invented in 1963 by an engineer at Texas Instruments, a current Raytheon company -- in Texas, California and Florida.
The Department of Defense has obligated $15.97 million in fiscal 2018 Navy working capital funds at the time of award, according a news release.
The forward-looking infrared systems afford users on board a CH-53 helicopter or V-22 tiltrotor aircraft the ability to effectively "see" through impediments like darkness or smoke, Raytheon says on its website. They do this through heat-detection and image-rendering technology.