Harris Corp. was chosen by the U.S. Navy for a two-year, $29 million full-rate production contract to provide key avionics components to enhance targeting capabilities for the Navy and Australian versions of F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft.
The avionics are a critical part of the Distributed Targeting System and will improve the aircraft’s networking capabilities significantly, enhance targeting precision and shorten the time from target sensing to shooting.
In addition, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler programs support 60,000 jobs in the U.S. across 800 suppliers in 44 states, with an annual economic impact of $3 billion.
“The F/A-18 brings critical Navy fighter and electronic warfare capabilities for the U.S. and key allies such as Australia,” said Ed Zoiss, president of Electronic Systems for Harris Corp., in a prepared statement. “Upgrading the mission- and image-processing prowess of the platform will help ensure that it continues to be the primary fighter aircraft for the U.S. Navy.”
Melbourne-based Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has about 23,000 employees — including 6,000 in Florida — supporting customers in more than 125 countries.