The AN/ALQ-214(V)2 radar homing electronic warfare (EW) system, which ITT Industries developed for the Boeing F/A-18E/F fighter’s integrated defensive electronic countermeasures (IDECM) system is one of several significant new breakthroughs that the U.S. group is hailing here at Farnborough International (Hall 2 Stand A9).
Northrop Grumman has arrived at FI 2006 with a quiver full of new contracts and program developments that show its growing presence in the international sensor technology and defense electronics market.
“Overall, Raytheon Aircraft had the best quarter” in its history in terms of financial performance, said William Swanson, chairman and CEO of parent Raytheon Company. According to the company’s first quarter results released this morning, Raytheon Aircraft delivered 44 business jets and turboprops compared with 27 in the same period a year ago. In the quarter, the company booked orders for 45 turbine airplanes versus 34 last year.
Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) sent a letter dated May 31 alerting customers that it is selling its Atlantic City, N.J. facility to FBO Midlantic Jet Aviation. The sale will mark the end of Raytheon maintenance at Atlantic City because Midlantic won’t take over this work, and leaves RAS with eight factory-owned service maintenance facilities in the U.S., but none in the northeast.
ADS-B-equipped aircraft will be back on ATC radar screens in Alaska after an absence of several weeks. On March 24, following “misapplication” of separation standards by the Anchorage ARTCC, FAA officials in Washington ordered ADS-B aircraft returns removed from ATC displays.
Elisra is introducing a new ALQ-903 Escort Jammer system here at the Farnborough International show. The system allows penetration of complex layers of air defenses, and increases the survivability of attacking aircraft. A fully digital design, the ALQ-903 uses advanced technology that enables automatic radar detection, identification and jamming.
Making its debut this week at the Farnborough International show, Raytheon’s Airborne Stand-off Radar (ASTOR) system will be delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) in stages over the next year. Comprising five modified Bombardier Global Express business jets and eight ground stations, ASTOR is a major new ground surveillance capability for the UK. Raytheon is now looking for additional customers.
The next flight you take could be much smoother, thanks to a new airborne weather radar design from U.S. avionics maker Rockwell Collins.
The Multi Hazard Detection weather radar includes a number of advanced features that the manufacturer said are intended to warn flight crews of potential areas of turbulence and provide extra information about developing storms.
According to today’s issue of ASI Group’s “Hot Spots” security newsletter, civil aviation authorities in Brazil will impose temporary restrictions on private flights. “This move is a consequence of the decision on the part of civilian air traffic controllers in Brasilia to increase the mandatory distance between aircraft from five to 10 nautical miles,” ASI Group said.
Newer and more capable systems are the key to the future of Chinese weaponry, and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is also looking to developments in electronics to upgrade the many Russian-made weapons platforms it has in inventory.