Radstone Products Successfully Integrated into Raytheon's ATFLIR Pod
Radstone Technology, the world's leading independent supplier of high-performance, rugged VME-based computer products, is pleased to announce that the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod has been delivered to VFA-115, the US Navy's first operational Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Squadron. Raytheon Systems Company, now Raytheon Electronic Systems, awarded Radstone technology a £4.7m contract to supply its latest Power PC Processors, MIL STD 1553 and Fiber Channel Modules for the ATFLIR system, in June 1998. The long-range performance provided by this processor will enable F/A-18 aircrews to deliver air-to-ground weapons from beyond the range of anti-aircraft artillery and most surface-to-air missiles. Commenting on the delivery, Darcy Hansen, the Electro-Optic/Infra-Red Deputy Integrated Product Lead with the F/A-18 Program Office, said. "The first pod was delivered to the squadron to facilitate maintenance and aircrew training. The schedule was extremely tight so to mitigate risk, we decided to upgrade the processors in those designated pods to the latest G4 processors, thus providing a more mature and capable software version to the fleet." The VFA-115, "Eagles" are preparing for the first cruise of the Super Hornet this summer aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). The ATFLIR system will significantly extend the target detection and recognition range of the Hornet, providing naval aviation with the capability that it requires to do its job. ATFLIR will also provide greater reliability than today's infrared systems while being easier to maintain. The squadron plans to take three ATFLIR pods on its deployment. Dr Charles Paterson, Managing Director of Radstone Technology said: "The ATFLIR programme is a natural application for the mission-critical, rugged computer products in which we specialise, and is yet another example of the use of Radstone's Commercial-off-the Shelf (COTS) products in the growing Avionics market."