Boeing has awarded two contracts to Lockheed Martin for the development and production of Legion Pod for use on the US Air Force’s (USAF) F-15 Eagle tactical fighter aircraft fleet.

The two awards include a 28-month engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract and a low-rate initial production contract to manufacture 19 Legion Pod systems.

Under the EMD award, Lockheed Martin will be responsible for the integration, testing and qualification of the new system for the entire F-15C fleet.

The first EMD Legion Pod units will be available for use by the USAF in early next year.

Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control sensors and global sustainment vice-president Michael Williamson said: “With a fully integrated Legion Pod on the F-15 Eagle, the USAF will have a revolutionary capability to counter the most potent threat.

“In the future, the company intends to expand the use of the targeting and sensing technology for other airborne platforms such as the F-15E and F-16 aircraft.”

“Concurrent integration and production is a testament to both Legion Pod’s maturity and proven advanced capability that is urgently needed in the field.”

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

The first production and spares’ deliveries of the system are slated to commence in 2020 and will help support the airforce’s initial operational capability and fielding.

In September, Lockheed’s Legion Pod was selected as the infrared search and track (IRST) system for the USAF’s F-15C aircraft fleet. Under the deal, the company is committed to manufacturing more than 130 systems to be delivered for aircraft integration.

In the future, the company intends to expand the use of the targeting and sensing technology for other airborne platforms such as the F-15E and F-16 aircraft, as well as unmanned aerial systems.

The system is equipped with Lockheed Martin’s IRST21 sensor, networking and advanced processing technology, which are used to offer high-fidelity detection and tracking of air-to-air targets in radar-denied environments.