An end-of-year 2021 firm-fixed-price contract worth more than $102 million from the U.S. Navy to Raytheon Technologies (Goleta, CA) enhances that branch’s capabilities in the ALR-67(V)3 radar warning system. The Naval Air Systems Command’s digital radar warning receiver (RWR) is the “system of record” for the U.S. Navy’s front-line, carrier-based F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet tactical aircraft (see the figure). The contract, from the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (Philadelphia, PA), accounts for the repair, upgrade, or replacement of components and subsystems within the RWRs and radar systems.
The ALR-67(V)3 is designed by Raytheon Technologies for effective operation in dense signal environments. It is a key defensive system in boosting the survivability of jet-fighter pilots by increasing their situational awareness. The radar system incorporates a channelized receiver to detect and sort multiple emitters of low signal levels even when accompanied by strong local interference. The AN/ALR-67(V)3 radar system is fully integrated with all avionics equipment on the F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornets, as well as that on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. With its high-resolution, digital multiple-channel architecture, the RWRs are readily scalable to support integrated, fleet-level electronic-warfare (EW) situational awareness across wide operating expanses.