Raytheon has been awarded a $79 million contract to develop a new advanced telemetry system for the U.S. Navy’s new Range Support Aircraft.
The high-tech plane will replace the Navy’s aging telemetry test aircraft, which has been in service since the 1970s.
Based within the Gulfstream G550 airborne early warning airframe, Raytheon’s modern solution will offer multi-role capabilities in telemetry data collection, range safety and surveillance, and communications relay.
“It’s like replacing your old eight-track tapes with streaming digital music – there’s simply no comparison,” said Todd Callahan, Raytheon Naval and Area Mission Defense vice president. “Our new Range Support Aircraft will use the latest technology to support advanced weapons testing and other missions for the next 25 years.”
To develop and deliver this new capability to the Navy, Raytheon will draw on its wide portfolio of products, proven technology and extensive test and evaluation expertise. Once operational, the Range Support Aircraft will collect and process telemetry data from missiles, aircraft, UAVs and ships.
Raytheon will perform system design, fabrication and aircraft integration. Once integration is complete, the company will conduct flight testing, training and mission operations with the Navy team before delivering the much-needed range support asset.
The aircraft will provide airborne test range telemetry and range surveillance and range clearance support at the Point Mugu Sea Test Range in California. It will replace the current NP-3D Orion range support aircraft (RSA) assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 30 (VX-30) ‘Bloodhounds’ at Naval Air Station Point Mugu.