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Raytheon bags Boeing radar deal for India aircraft

Last Updated: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 21:14

Farnboruogh (UK): US defence and
aerospace major Raytheon has bagged a contract from Boeing for
developing a new long-range, multi-mission radar that will be
installed in the sophisticated P-8I surveillance aircraft
being built for the Indian Navy, the company said Sunday.

"The maritime and overland surveillance radar, APY-10,
will be put on Boeing`s P-8I being built for the Indian Navy.
This is the first international contract award for Raytheon`s
programme, extending the company`s considerable presence in
the international maritime surveillance market," said Tim
Carey, vice president of Raytheon`s Intelligence Surveillance
and Reconnaissance Systems.

India signed a USD 2.1 billion deal with top aircraft
manufacturer Boeing for eight P-8I planes in 2009. The first
of the aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to India in 2012.

"Our APY-10 radar will provide the Indian Navy with
proven, low-risk technology built on generations of successful
Raytheon radar systems," Carey, who is here to attend
Farnborough International Air Show, one of the largest in the
world, said.

"We are committed to providing reliable systems that
keep our customer safe and help them achieve mission success,"
he said.

The APY-10 radar delivers accurate and actionable
information in all weather, day and night, for anti-submarine
and anti-surface warship operations and for intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance mission support, said Neil K
Peterson, Raytheon`s director of strategy and business

A member of the industry team that Boeing leads for
the US Navy`s P-8A programme, Raytheon is also under contract
with Boeing to provide six APY-10 systems and spares for the
P-8A, of which the P-8I is a variant. Four of the six radar
systems have been delivered and Raytheon remains on or ahead
of the production schedule, said Peterson.

"The radar we will be giving to the Indian Navy`s
planes will have more features than those with The US Navy,"
he said.

The radars will be able to work at significantly
tactical ranges and also detect small targets.

They will be capable of image targeting at very long
ranges and also be able to carry out overall land operations
including in the coastal regions.

Asked about the value of the radar deal with Boeing,
Peterson said, "We can`t disclose this as yet. We are working
out all the details."

Raytheon, an 88-year-old company with sales of over A
USD 25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader
specialising in defence, homeland security and other
government markets throughout the world.

The biennial Farnborough show traditionally sees the
announcement of orders for military jets.


First Published: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 21:14
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