October 11, 2010 (by Maria Felix) - BAE Systems will provide identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) systems for U.S. Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons under a four-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with the first delivery order valued at $17.2 million.
The company will provide 90 AN/APX-113(V) combined interrogator-transponders, versatile IFF
systems developed specifically for the F-16. The system generates and responds to interrogations to positively establish the identity of friendly forces, reducing the risk of friendly fire.
"Our combined interrogator/transponder incorporates the latest IFF technology to enable war fighters to distinguish friendly and enemy aircraft," said Sal Costa, director of identification and processing solutions for BAE
Systems. "This important upgrade will help ensure mission success and sustain the F16's position as a frontline air defense aircraft well into the next decade."
The Air National Guard, the world's largest operator of F-16s, will use the IFF systems for U.S. air defense, as well as to assist U.S. Air Force in their mission which includes tactical airlift support, combat communications, aerial refueling, and evacuation of wounded.
The work will be performed in Greenlawn, New York and is expected to be completed by 2013. BAE Systems has delivered more than 3,000 combined interrogator-transponders to the U.S. military and allied forces over the past 15 years.