ATFLIR system for Navy Super Hornets to see repairs

ANDOVER, Mass. Raytheon won a $325 million contract for repair of the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared System (ATFLIR) in the F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft for the U.S. Navy, according to the Pentagon.

The ATFLIR is a multi-sensor, electro-optical targeting pod used to provide navigation and targeting for military aircraft in adverse weather and uses precision-guided munitions such as laser-guided bombs.

According to Raytheon, the system is used to provide navigation and targeting for military aircraft in adverse weather, and is intended to replace the Navy's AN/AA-38 Nite Hawk pod.

In May 2019 Boeing was awarded a $163.9 million contract to continue modernizing the F/A-18 fighter jet fleet under the service life modification program, which is expected to extend the operation life of Super Hornet fighter jets from 6,000 flight hours to 10,000 flight hours.