Raytheon wins US military contract
Raytheon Systems Ltd (RSL) in Harlow has won a contract to produce around £7.3 million worth of the company’s GAS-1 jam-resistant jam-resistant GPS Antenna Systems technology for the US Air Force and Navy.Raytheon Systems Ltd (RSL) in Harlow has won a contract to produce around £7.3 million worth of the company’s GAS-1 jam-resistant jam-resistant GPS Antenna Systems technology for the US Air Force and Navy.
RSL is recognised as a leading centre of excellence for jam-resistant GPS Antenna Systems (GAS) with over 3,000 such systems supplied and in service on a wide range of platforms around the world. The orders include equipment for both aircraft and shipboard applications.
Jeremy Cook, business development executive for the RSL team, said: “Production deliveries of the GAS-1 system have been in full swing since 1998 so it is especially pleasing to see the US Government place their largest ever annual production quantity eight years into the programme.
“Normally, at this point one might expect quantities to be on the decline, but GAS-1 continues to go from strength to strength. This is at least in part the result of increasing interest from international customers who have chosen to take advantage of the US Foreign Military Sales programme.”
Developed by RSL, the system is able to recognise sources of electrical interference and by adjusting the way in which it receives the satellite signals, reject them, allowing the navigation equipment to function safely, accurately and efficiently.
Cook added: “There are still two additional annual production options open on this current contract and indications are that next year’s order will be a healthy size as well. Now that we are about to introduce the successor to the GAS-1, the all digital Navshield, we will see a transition to the new system over the next 12 months.
“However I would still hope we can reach the milestone of delivering the 4,000th GAS-1 unit in the not too distant future.”
RSL is a major supplier of GAS-1 systems to the US Department of Defense. It also supplies anti-jam antenna systems for the UK’s new Type 45 destroyer, Eurofighter/ Typhoon, CH-47 and ASTOR programmes and has delivered systems to military customers in eleven other nations.
It has also developed digital anti-jam technology for the US in the ADAP (Advanced Digital Antenna Production) programme, worth around £28m.
Like GAS-1, the ADAP equipment will also include both aircraft and ships.