Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, received a contract to supply its AN/UPX-40 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system to the Royal Saudi Air Force to support the country’s E-3 Sentry AWACS program.
The $12.6M AN/UPX-40 contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and will be delivered to Saudi Arabia through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement.
Telephonics’ next generation AN/UPX-40 will include Mode 5 capabilities allowing for expanded data handling transmissions without increasing interference. The AN/UPX-40 IFF system was the first interrogator to be All-Mode certified, and can be configured for shipboard, airborne or ground-based applications allowing for mission systems to identify aircraft or ships as friendly or unknown.
“We are excited to be supporting the Royal Saudi Air Force through this FMS agreement,” said Kevin McSweeney, Telephonics President. “The AN/UPX-40 is part of a family of IFF systems that are ready to meet the demands of the Mode 5 modernization program.”
Saudi Arabia procured five E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Early Warning and Control) aircraft and eight KE-3A aerial refueling tankers under the 1981 – 1986 “Peace Sentinel” program. KE-3As are not AWACS aircraft but CFM56 powered tankers based on the E-3 design.
Out of the eight KE-3s, up to three were later converted to RE-3A TASS(Tactical Airborne Surveillance System) signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft. One RE-3A was later modified into RE-3B Improved Tactical Airborne Surveillance System (ITASS) aircraft.