Raytheon to develop next-gen airborne sensor for P-8A Poseidon

Dallas: US company Raytheon has been contracted by the US Navy to begin developing a next-generation sensor technology for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.

Raytheon announced it was awarded the navy contract to develop the Advanced Airborne Sensor which is the follow-on airborne radar surveillance technology to the Littoral Surveillance Radar System currently operating on the US Navy's P-3C Orion aircraft.

The Advanced Airborne Sensor, expected to support next-generation line-of-site capabilities, will be integrated with the navy's next maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.

"This is a major leap in technology in support of our customer's missions," Tim Carey, Raytheon Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems vice president, said in a statement.

"As the demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems increases, we are proud to provide our customers with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that are recognized around the world."

By maximizing the incorporation of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technologies, the AAS will be highly supportable, maintainable, scalable and upgradeable, reducing unit production and life cycle costs.