Raytheon and Korean Air signed an exclusive collaboration agreement at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) on 15 October pursue the Republic of Korea's Air Force's (RoKAF) Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) programme.
Under the agreement, Raytheon will act as prime contractor, providing multiple-intelligence (Multi-INT) technologies for the aircraft, while Korean Air will deliver design, logistics and life cycle support services.
"Technology is changing the way we fight and the speed at which we do it. For today's commanders, a few seconds can make the difference between success and failure," commented Roy Azevedo, President of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "By combining multiple sensors with advanced communications systems, we give Korean commanders the information they need, when they need it."
Multi-INT synthesizes data from a variety of sensors – including radar, multifunction electro-optical/infrared and signals intelligence suites – to create a comprehensive picture of the battlespace. Working with Bombardier, Raytheon and Korean Air will modify Global 6500 business jets to meet RoKAF's specific mission needs.
"We expect to make a great contribution to increased surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the Korean military by collaboration between Raytheon, which has the world's best mission equipment technology, and Korean Air, which has the best aircraft upgrade and MRO capabilities in Korea," said Lee Soo-Keun, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Korean Air.