December 1, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - Raytheon Company's latest integrated electronic warfare suite has been selected by the Royal Moroccan Air Force for its F-16s. The RMAF recently agreed to purchase 24 block 52 F-16s from Lockheed Martin.
Known as "ACES," Raytheon's advanced countermeasures electronic system consists of a radar warning receiver, digital jammer and chaff-flare dispenser. This is Raytheon's latest offering for the F-16 and is expected to be delivered in December 2009.
"ACES will provide the Royal Moroccan Air Force with an advanced integrated electronic warfare suite for enhanced situational awareness and survivability," said Roy Azevedo, deputy vice president for Raytheon's Tactical Airborne Systems mission area. "It paves the way for additional international sales of this advanced technology."
Raytheon's electronic warfare systems -- including towed decoy systems, radar warning receivers, and integrated suites -- are currently deployed on U.S. and international aircraft worldwide. The ACES equipment represents the latest in Raytheon's developmentally aircraft self-protection technology. Northrop Grumman is a key supplier on the program.