Joe Rambala: Exelis-Airbus Team to Combine Tech for F-16 Missile Warning Functions

F16FleetExelis (NYSE: XLS) will combine its electronic warfare system technology with Airbus Group‘s AAR-60(V)2 Missile Launch Detection System for Fighters under a teaming agreement to deliver missile warning functions to the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Joe Rambala,  vice president and general manager of Exelis’ integrated electronic warfare systems business, said Monday the combined offering is available both domestically and through the foreign military sales program.

The company aims to bolster its strategic growth platform for electronic warfare through this partnership, Rambala said.

Exelis said it will also provide customers with maintenance and sustainment services and manufacture MILDS F system components at its facility in New Jersey.

Airbus‘ commercial-off-the-shelf MILDS F works to alert F-16 pilots on short-range air defense missiles, man-portable air defense systems and similar threats and has received certification from the U.S. Air Force Seek Eagle Office for the F-16 platform.

The agreement is part of an ongoing business partnership between Exelis and Airbus.

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