BAE Wins $34M for AF Aircraft ID System; Sal Costa Comments

BAE-systems-logo_GovConWireBAE Systems has won a $34 million contract to provide the U.S. Air Force a system intended to help warfighters differentiate between allied and enemy aircraft.

Identification Friend or Foe technology has been in use since World War II and contains an electronic questions-and-answer system, where interrogators ask questions and transponders provide answers, BAE said Wednesday.

Sal Costa, BAE product line director for identification and processing solutions, said the system is designed to help warfighters identify hostile forces beyond the pilot’s visual range.

The company will provide its AN/APX-125 Mode 5 Combined Interrogator Transponders to the U.S. Air Force and its allied partners in Europe.

According to BAE, the system contains new algorithms and is designed to transmit data and messages securely.

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