U.S. Navy helicopter avionics experts needed forward‐looking infrared (FLIR) sensor pods for CH‐53K heavy‐lift helicopters and for HH‐60 special operations helicopter. They found their solution from the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif. Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., awarded $20 million order to Raytheon late last week to provide 30 AN/AAQ‐29A electro‐optical FLIR kits ‐ five for the CH‐53 and 35for the HH‐60. The AN/AAQ‐29A is a lightweight, high performance FLIR with a 480‐by‐640‐pixel 3‐5 micron wavelength indium antimonide midwave infrared detector and a three‐field‐of‐view telescope on a 12‐inch turret. The FLIR pod helps helicopter pilots with low‐level navigation to high altitude longrange targeting.
Source: Military & Aerospace