Raytheon Self Protect Systems has been awarded a contract, worth $460 million, for the AN/ALR‐69A digital Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) system.
This contract provides for the fabrication, integration, testing and delivery of line replaceable units and shop replaceable units.
The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Electronic Warfare (EW) located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. A combination of fiscal 2016 and 2017 National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account procurements funds; and fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of around $19 million are being obligated at the time of award.
Work will be performed in Goleta, California; and Forest, Mississippi, and is expected to be complete by March 2025.
The AN/ALR-69A (V) is the world’s first all-digital radar warning receiver that enhances aircrew survivability, providing “sensors forward” situational awareness at lower costs than competing systems through simple software modifications.
Radar warning receiver (RWR) systems detect the radio emissions of radar systems. Their primary purpose is to issue a warning when a radar signal that might be a threat is detected. The warning can then be used, manually or automatically, to evade the detected threat.
The ALR-69A (V) provides improved detection range and accurate, unambiguous identification in dense signal environments comprised of both threat signals and those from wingmen, coalition partners and commercial operations. Its 360-degree coverage is provided by four independent Radar Receivers, each covering one quadrant of the aircraft. Raytheon designed the ALR-69A(V) for the utmost in flexibility and growth potential.
The modular, open architecture relies on many commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components that allow for ready expansion or upgrade.
The ALR-69A(V) is installed on the U.S. Air Force C-130H, KC-46A and F-16. According to Raytheon, the RWR is compatible with virtually any airborne platform.