Navy to beef-up carrier-based jet fighter IRST ability to search for enemy planes without radar

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 16 Jan. 2015. Electro-optics engineers at the Boeing Co. are equipping additional U.S. Navy carrier-based jet fighters with passive search gear to detect and track enemy aircraft without the use of radar.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced a $60.4 million contract Thursday to the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis for six low-rate-initial-production (LRIP) infrared search and track (IRST) systems for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet fighter-bomber.

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