by Richard Tomkins
Clifton, N.J. (UPI) Nov 10, 2014
Exelis and Europe's Airbus Group have partnered to provide new advanced missile warning capabilities for F-16 fighters.
Exelis, the lead U.S. contractor for the AAR-60(V)2 Missile Launch Detection System for Fighters, or MILDS F, said the system will include lightweight protection against short-range air defense missiles and man-portable air defense systems.
The system will be affordable, it said, and immediately available for deployment.
"The agreement ensures that this affordable, ready-now solution is available to U.S. customers and global allies through foreign military sales," said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. "This is another important step in advancing our electronic warfare strategic growth platform."
MILDS F, by Airbus Defense and Space, can be installed on the Pylon Integrated Dispenser System Plus by Terma. It is the only missile warning system cleared through the U.S. Air Force's Seek Eagle aircraft stores certification process to fly on the F-16.
Under their agreement, Exelis will provide maintenance and sustainment for all U.S. customer requirements for MILDS F, as well as for future foreign military sales program opportunities. It will also assume responsibility for the manufacture of system components in the United States.
"With this agreement, Exelis continues to expand its relationship with Airbus through defense and commercial solutions, including commercial aerostructures and geographical information systems." Exelis said.
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