Harris to Deliver $29M in Avionics for US Navy’s and Australia’s F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers
Harris Corporation announced that they have been awarded a two-year full rate production contract by the United States Navy to deliver key avionics components. The contract which is worth around USD$29 million, will deliver components that will improve flight crews’ targeting capabilities on the US Navy's and Australia's F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft and EA-18G Growler electronic attack platform.
"The F/A-18 brings critical Navy fighter and electronic warfare capabilities for the US and key allies, such as Australia,”
said President of Harris Electronic Systems, Ed Zoiss, in a statement.
"Upgrading the mission and image-processing prowess of the platform will help ensure that it continues to be the primary fighter aircraft for the US Navy."
Harris believes the avionics to be an important part of the distributed targeting system that will improve the aircraft's networking capabilities, improve targeting precision and shorten the length of time between target sensing and shooting.
The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft is manufactured by Boeing and offers precision strike capability. It is designed to serve as the US Navy’s all weather fighter aircraft and it supports air superiority, day / night strikes with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close-air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward-air control, and tanker missions. The EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft, which operates from either an aircraft carrier or land-bases. These aircraft can support missions like electronic attack (EA) and suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), mainly at the beginning and ongoing early stages of combat.
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