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Boeing to begin EMD work on Super Hornet infrared sensor

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 23, 2011
The US Navy has contracted Boeing to begin engineering and manufacturing development of an infrared targeting sensor for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. (Boeing)

The US Navy has tabbed Boeing to begin engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of an infrared air-to-air targeting system for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter.

The US$135 million contract for the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor represents a key element of the Navy’s Block II Super Hornet flight plan. The IRST is scheduled for Initial Operating Capability in 2016, Boeing says.

The passive, long-range sensor can track multiple targets based on their infrared emission, allowing it to pick  up targets equipped with radar-jamming equipment.

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Boeing is partnered on the IRST with Lockheed Martin, which is producing the sensor, and GE Aviation, which is supplying the fuel tank assembly that will contain the sensor.

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Boeing to begin EMD work on Super Hornet infrared sensor

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 23, 2011
The US Navy has contracted Boeing to begin engineering and manufacturing development of an infrared targeting sensor for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. (Boeing)

The US Navy has tabbed Boeing to begin engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of an infrared air-to-air targeting system for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter.

The US$135 million contract for the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor represents a key element of the Navy’s Block II Super Hornet flight plan. The IRST is scheduled for Initial Operating Capability in 2016, Boeing says.

The passive, long-range sensor can track multiple targets based on their infrared emission, allowing it to pick  up targets equipped with radar-jamming equipment.

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Boeing is partnered on the IRST with Lockheed Martin, which is producing the sensor, and GE Aviation, which is supplying the fuel tank assembly that will contain the sensor.

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