Army and Navy contract BAE Systems to help reduce friendly fire

Yesterday, BAE Systems announced the awarding of a $20 million contract by the U.S. Navy and Army. The contract calls for the company to provide identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) digital transponders, upgrade kits, and spares.

The BAE Systems-developed IFF technology identifies aircraft and ships as friendly forces through transponders that are installed on submarines, surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters, and as a result increase situational awareness and help to positively establish the identity of friendly forces, reducing the risk of fratricide, or “friendly fire.”

“Through use of open-system architecture and field-programmable gate arrays, the transponders are designed to be serviced and upgraded solely through software modifications, reducing risks and costs associated with hardware modifications, ” BAE Systems director of identification solutions Sal Costa said.

The contracted work is to be completed in December of 2011.

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