L3 Technologies has been awarded a prime contract with an estimated value of more than $1 billion to deliver four aircraft known as the MC-55A Peregrine, with next-generation airborne electronic warfare (EW) capability to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
The agreement includes four modified Gulfstream G550 aircraft with an integrated mission system that provides the latest EW capabilities.
The company believes that Australia is a very important market and they look forward to a long and productive partnership with the RAAF and the local supplier base in support of the Peregrine program.
The MC-55A Peregrine will be integrated into the Commonwealth’s joint warfighting networks, providing a critical link between platforms, including the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, E-7A Wedgetail, EA-18G Growler, Navy surface combatants and amphibious assault ships, and ground assets to support the warfighter.
“This capability will greatly strengthen the RAAF’s goal to becoming a fully networked fifth-generation force and considerably enhance their global effect on peacekeeping and humanitarian operations,” said Jeff Miller, Corporate Senior Vice President and President of L3’s ISR Systems business segment. “It will serve as a critical link between air, land and sea assets to provide airborne electronic warfare support to Commonwealth and allied warfighters in complex operating environments.”
The new aircraft will include airframe modifications to accommodate mission systems and secure communications equipment, installation of a self-protection suite, ground-based data processing systems and crew training services.