July 13, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with Hitachi Kokusai, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is leading
P-1 maritime surveillance aircraft modernization project. The upgrade features Raytheon's Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponders containing modern technologies, which include a new waveform that identifies and tracks military aircraft.
"The Japanese Navy will have an increasingly secure and interoperable next generation IFF waveform that does not interfere with other flight-tracking systems," said
, vice president of Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems' Integrated Communication Systems.
A total of 70 planes will be upgraded with the new transponders during the next several years and Raytheon anticipates additional
regional modernization opportunities.
In advance of the 2020 phase out of the legacy identification system, NATO and other countries are gradually adopting the Mode 5 waveform due to its higher data security protection.
Military IFF systems provide time-critical positive identification of friendly forces. The process is initiated automatically by a ground or airborne interrogator that transmits a secure message. The transponder then receives the interrogation and generates a secure response.
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