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BAE SYSTEMS awarded F-15K IFF contract

07 Oct 2002

BAE Systems received initial funding from the Boeing company to produce advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for the Republic of Korea's new fighter aircraft - the F-15K. Under the contract with Boeing, valued at more than $9 million, BAE Systems Advanced Systems business unit at Greenlawn will develop and build as many as 40 AN/APX-113 Combined Interrogator Transponder (CIT) systems plus spares, and provide associated data and units for lab testing.

The IFF transponders allow the military to rapidly identify its own friendly aircraft from enemy or potentially hostile aircraft.

Advanced Systems General Manager Pat McMahon said the award "is significant because it provides the Republic of Korea's Air Force with a highly reliable and easily upgradable system that is vital to its air defence operations." She added that the award also furthers the relationship between Boeing and BAE Systems on the F-15 programme; the Advanced Systems units has also fielded its legacy AN/APX-76 Interrogator for the Air Force's F-15 Eagle, and recently delivered other AN/APX-113 CIT systems for the Electronically Scanned Antenna-equipped F-15Cs based at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

Advanced Systems' family of Combined Interrogator Transponders includes the AN/APX-111 now operational on F/A-18 C/D/E/F aircraft, and the AN/APX-113 which is used primarily on U.S. and allied F-16s. Both the AN/APX-111 and 113 are "third-generation" systems, enabling the user to upgrade to new IFF capabilities such as Mode 5 using plug-in modules and updated software loads. This important feature potentially allows aircraft operators to upgrade their IFF systems on site instead of returning the units to the factory for modification.


BAE Systems is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE Systems employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around 13 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE Systems designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products. BAE Systems is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.

BAE Systems North America is a high-technology U.S. company employing more than 22,000 Americans who live and work in 29 States and Washington, D.C. -- dedicated to solving our customers needs with both highly innovative and leading edge solutions across the defence electronics, systems, information technology and services arenas.

The BAE Systems Advanced Systems business unit comprises facilities located in Mt. Vernon, New York; Braintree, Massachusetts; Lansdale, Pennsylvania; Falls Church, Virginia; and Gaithersburg, Maryland, with headquarters in Greenlawn, New York. As the world's leading producer of IFF products, Advanced Systems' Greenlawn site currently produces military interrogators and transponders for airborne, shipboard, and air defence applications world-wide, and maintains a long history in the design, development and manufacturing of military communications, electronic identification, displays, antennas, and anti-submarine warfare products.

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