Exelis to Build Lockheed F-16 RF Illuminator; Joe Rambala Comments

ExelisLogoITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has won a $9.4 million contract to build radio frequency transmitters for the F-16 fighter jet, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).

Lockheed intends for Exelis’ continuous wave illuminator subsystem to help the F-16’s fire control radar and computer control semi-active missiles find targets, Exelis said Thursday.

Exelis’ electronic systems sector will manufacture the subsystem and the company expects to deliver it in December 2014.

Joe Rambala, Exelis vice president and general manager of integrated electronic warfare systems, said the CWI technology is intended for U.S. and allied warfighters.

The subsystem is designed to illuminate airborne targets using its microwave signal, power amplifiers, high-voltage power supply and digital control to help the jet spot the target.

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