Lockheed Martin to Support South Korean RC-800 Peace Krypton Recon Aircraft

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract action for support of the Korea Peace Krypton prime mission equipment, RC-800 aircraft and technical manuals.

The contract, worth around $34 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

This is a sole-source award and involves 100 percent foreign military sales (FMS) to the Republic of Korea.

The contract work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the Republic of Korea, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2019.

Lockheed Martin’s work scope for the Peace Krypton RC-800 includes upgrading, sustainment and maintenance of the fleet’s synthetic aperture radar (SAR). This includes spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, communication support, prime mission equipment, technical support, engineering, as well as other elements of program support. Under a related contract, Lockheed Martin also supports and maintains the Hawker aircraft (RC-800).

Peace Krypton

The mission of the Peace Krypton system program (known internally to Lockheed Martin Corporation as the Eagle program) is to collect reconnaissance imagery of selected areas during long range missions using an airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery intelligence collection system.

The Peace Krypton system processes and transmits FTI (Fixed Target Imagery) and MTI (Moving Target Indicator) data collected from day/night/all-weather operation to ground exploitation facilities. The Peace Krypton system consists of four major subsystems: AE (Aircraft Element), CEES (Central Exploitation Equipment Subsystem), MEES (Mobile Exploitation Equipment Subsystem), and SE (Support Element).

The AE includes four Hawker 800XP aircraft with SAR with FTI/MTI capability, airborne mission equipment such as workstation, and image data transmitting equipment. The ground-based, CEES and MEES include central and mobile facilities such as data server, computer peripheral equipment, shelters, ground data link, and workstations for mission planning and exploitation. The SE provides logistics and maintenance to support mission operations.

RC-800/ Hawker 800XP

The RC-800 is a militarized specialty version of the Raytheon Hawker 800XP business jet, with antennas added along the fuselage and radar/camera protrusions fore and aft.

It is used by South Korea for tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and SIGINT (Signals intelligence) tasks, and 8 specially-equipped aircraft were delivered in 2000. They are believed to be forward-based at Seongnam.

Hawker 800XP (Extended Performance), the latest variant of the Hawker 800 mid- size corporate jet, offers superior performance in range and payload.

Powered by TFE731-5BR engines and typically configured in an eight-seat executive layout, the 800XP has an NBAA IFR range with six passengers of more than 2,500 nm (4,635 km). Like all versions of the Hawker, the integral strength of the aircraft’s design and construction, plus its reliability of operation, makes it an ideal platform for special mission applications.

The Hawker 800 series was selected to provide a reconnaissance platform to the Republic of Korea, and the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) flies the aircraft for maritime search-and-rescue (SAR) as well as flight inspection.

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