Military, Products

Not So Fast on Those Common Sensors

By James T. McKenna | December 12, 2007

Attack, Observation/Patrol

The U.S. Army has told Raytheon to halt work on development of a common sensor suite for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and a new, extended-range drone. The Army picked Raytheon Nov. 7 for the $800 million contract, displacing FLIR Systems’ BRITEStar 2-based target acquisition and sensor system from Bell Helicopter’s ARH-70A. But L-3 Communications has protested that award to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which must rule on it by Feb. 27, 2008. The impact on the delayed ARH program is unclear; the Army doesn’t plan to put the Raytheon suite on the helicopter until full-rate production starts. For related news

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