Raytheon to develop airborne dual-band decoy for the U.S. Navy

October 28, 2019 – Raytheon was awarded a $33M U.S. Navy Demonstration of Existing Technology contract to develop a modern towed decoy for the F/A-18 E/F over the next 27 months. The technology protects pilots by emitting signals across extended frequencies to counter advancing threats, convincing hostile weapon systems that the real target is the decoy, not the aircraft. “Decoys are there to bring a pilot home safely – period,” said Jeremy Carney, director, Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems. “The dual-band decoy will look like the target, deceive threats and steer…

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U.S. Navy Aircraft Crashes in Philippine Sea

November 12, 2018 – A Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 F/A-18 experienced a mechanical issue that resulted in the crew ejecting while conducting routine operations in the Philippine Sea, Nov. 12. The crew was immediately and safely recovered by USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) search and rescue aircraft and brought back to the ship for evaluation by medical personnel. Both aviators are in good condition. Ronald Reagan has resumed normal operations. CVW 5 is embarked onboard Ronald Reagan and is currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations…

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Boeing Receives U.S. Navy Contract to Modernize F/A-18 Super Hornet Fleet

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a contract to modernize the U.S. Navy F/A-18 fleet, extending the life of existing Super Hornets from 6,000 to 9,000+ flight hours. In the early 2020s, Boeing will begin installing initial updates to the aircraft that will convert existing Block II Super Hornets to a new Block III configuration. The Block III conversion will include enhanced network capability, longer range with conformal fuel tanks, an advanced cockpit system, signature improvements and an enhanced communication system. The updates are expected to keep the F/A-18 in…

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