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EDO awarded contract for electronic equipment on EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft.

EDO Corporation (NYSE:EDO) has been awarded an $8.4 million contract from Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) Technical Services Company. The 17-month contract is the second phase of a multi-phase electronic support upgrade program to the U.S. Navy's EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft.

EP-3E aircraft are used to meet critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection requirements. With sensitive receivers and high-gain antennas, the EP-3E can detect, interpret and report a wide range of electronic communication and radar signals from deep within enemy territory.

EDO's contract includes development work to upgrade certain components of the aircraft's Electronic Support Measures suite. By replacing aging ESM equipment, the upgrade is intended to improve reliability and intelligence gathering capability, as well as reduce weight.

Specifically, Phase II will provide modifications to the SP-160 processor to provide added functionality and allow replacement for a portion of the AN/ALR-81 countermeasures receiving system. A VME (Versa Module Europa) tuner capability will also be developed to replace the current ALR-81 tuners.
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Date:Apr 26, 2004
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