DRS Defense Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRS Technologies, Inc. announced that its Intelligence, Communications and Avionics Solutions (ICAS) business unit has been awarded a $7.9 million contract from The Boeing Company to further design, develop and integrate the Joint Tactical Terminal – Receiver (JTT-R) for the EA-18G Growler aircraft.
The JTT-R provides the capability to receive near real-time threat, survivor and Blue Force Tracking data for presentation of critical situational awareness information to the user. It receives this critical data via Integrated Broadcast Service and Common Interactive Broadcast waveforms over UHF Satellite Communications links.
DRS ICAS has been supporting Boeing with initial JTT-R integration efforts for EA-18G since July 2009.
“We are honored to support Boeing and the U.S. Navy by bringing this increased, critical situational awareness capability to the EA-18G Growler,” said DRS ICAS president Logen Thiran. “The JTT-R will further ensure this aircraft remains the most advanced U.S. Navy airborne electronic attack platform.”
The U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II that conducts Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) missions. It is the U.S. Navy replacement for its current AEA aircraft, the EA-6B Prowler. The JTT-R serves as a replacement to the legacy Multi-mission Advanced Tactical Terminal (MATT), which is reaching end-of-life with the impending transition to the common interactive broadcast (CIB) waveform.
Source: DRS Technologies Inc., A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Feb 22, 2012