US: Exelis has received a follow-on contract valued at USD 8.4 million from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas, to supply Continuous Wave Illuminator (CWI) subsystems for F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The Exelis CWI subsystem is a special-purpose transmitter that works with the F-16’s fire control radar and mission computer to provide guidance for semi-active missiles. Using radio frequency energy, the system illuminates airborne targets to increase accuracy and ensure the missile finds its intended target.
“Our CWI subsystem provides a real edge, using the power of the electromagnetic spectrum to enable the success and safety of our aviators. Utilising its smaller size and lighter weight, the technology performs critical targeting tasks, allowing aviators to devote their attention to the larger mission,” said Joe Rambala, Vice President of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. The Exelis CWI subsystem uses the latest technology for its high-voltage power supply, digital control, microwave signal generation and power amplifier circuits; it is substantially smaller and lighter than similar legacy subsystems used on older F-16s and other fighter aircraft. The CWI system is one of several Exelis protection suites developed to enable domestic and international customers to perform their critical missions.