Lockheed Martin secured two contracts from the F-15 prime contractor, Boeing, for the integration and production of Legion Pod multi-function sensor system.
These include a 28-month Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract and a Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract to produce 19 systems.
Under the EMD contract, Lockheed Martin will integrate, test and qualify Legion Pod for the U.S. Air Force’s F-15C fighter aircraft fleet. The first EMD units will be available in early 2019. The first production and spares deliveries will begin in 2020 supporting the U.S. Air Force’s Initial Operational Capability (IOC) and fielding.
“With a fully integrated Legion Pod on the F-15 Eagle, the U.S. Air Force will have a revolutionary capability to counter the most potent threats,” said Michael Williamson, vice president of Sensors & Global Sustainment at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Concurrent integration and production is a testament to both Legion Pod’s maturity and proven advanced capability that is urgently needed in the field.”
Legion Pod is a multi-function sensor system that supports collaborative targeting operations in radar-denied environments. Housed in a 16-inch diameter structure, Legion Pod’s baseline configuration includes an IRST21 infrared search and track (IRST) sensor and advanced processor for high-fidelity detection and tracking of air-to-air targets.
Legion Pod has completed integration and flight tests on F-16 and F-15C aircraft, successfully demonstrating its detection and tracking capabilities in representative threat environments.
In 2017, Legion Pod was selected as the IRST system for the U.S. Air Force’s F-15C fleet. Transportable between platforms, future expansion plans for Legion Pod include the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, as well as unmanned systems. Flexible by design and production-ready, Legion Pod is set to serve as the next sensor system of choice for fixed-wing aircraft.