Raytheon, Korean Air to Collaborate for South Korean Air Force’s ISTAR Aircraft Program

Raytheon and Korean Air signed an exclusive collaboration agreement to pursue the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) aircraft program.

The agreement was signed at the ongoing Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (Seoul ADEX 2019) earlier today.

Under the agreement, Raytheon will be the prime contractor and provide multiple-intelligence, or Multi-INT, technologies for the aircraft platform, which will be based on Bombardier Global 6500 business jet. Korean Air will deliver design, logistics and life cycle support services. Working with Bombardier, Raytheon and Korean Air will modify the Global 6500 jets to meet ROKAF’s specific mission needs.

Multi-INT synthesizes data from a variety of sensors – including radar, multifunction electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR), and signals intelligence (SIGINT) suites – to create a comprehensive picture of the battlespace.

“Technology is changing the way we fight and the speed at which we do it. For today’s commanders, a few seconds can make the difference between success and failure,” said Roy Azevedo, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “By combining multiple sensors with advanced communications systems, we give Korean commanders the information they need, when they need it.”

“We expect to make a great contribution to increase surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the Korean military by collaboration between Raytheon, which has the world’s best mission equipment technology, and Korean Air which has the best aircraft upgrade and MRO capabilities in Korea,” said Lee Soo-Keun, Executive Vice President and CTO at Korean Air.

Raytheon’s ISTAR solution can be used for multiple missions, including: monitoring natural disasters, enforcing maritime embargos, ensuring border security and protecting against ballistic missile attacks.

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