Textron Systems Awarded U.S. Air Force ARTS Program
HUNT VALLEY, Md. — APRIL 26, 2016 — Textron Systems Electronic Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) business, announced today that it has been awarded an $11 million order for 12 Advanced Radar/Electronic Warfare Test Station (ARTS) Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) systems to support the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancer strategic bomber fleet. Delivery of these systems will replace the legacy ATE systems with one integrated unit containing an advanced commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) test system, addressing testing requirements of the ALQ-161 Defensive Avionics Systems.
ARTS is an advanced radio frequency (RF) test station utilized by the U.S. Air Force for complex avionics systems. Textron Systems’ solution offers conclusive, dependable and repeatable testing at a great value that meets the customer's requirements today and for the entire life of the program.
“The ARTS system’s initial platform is the venerable B-1; however, this advanced test station architecture could support many future Air Force requirements,” says Electronic Systems Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve T. Mensh. "We integrated our advanced instruments with proven off-the-shelf ATE components for cost-effectiveness, reliability and future support.”
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