Raytheon-Thales UK team has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide an upgrade solution to the UK military’s identification friend or foe (IFF) systems.

The team will now conduct a one-year study into upgrading existing IFF systems to Mode 5, which will address Nato’s requirement for a new standard of IFF across all platforms.

Raytheon UK is proposing its IFF4810 Mode 5 upgrade solution for majority of UK’s air and naval Mode 5 transponder applications. In addition, the team is offering the Thales Bluegate products covering the majority of naval and land system Mode 5 Interrogator applications.

Raytheon UK chief executive Richard Daniel said: "The Raytheon and Thales collaboration combines our technical knowledge, proven equipment and long collaborative experience with the MoD.

"We will deliver a low risk and cost-effective solution to this important UK programme."

"We are set to provide the fastest and most cost-efficient solution which will exploit our SIFF installed base and provide proven low risk upgrades to the UK legacy platforms."

Thales UK chief executive officer Victor Chavez said: "By bringing together best-in-class capability and extensive knowledge of UK platforms from both companies, we will deliver a low risk and cost-effective solution to this important UK programme.

"Our respective companies have already delivered Mode 5 IFF to a number of Nato forces and this programme gives us the opportunity to extend this critical upgrade to UK platforms to maintain their interoperability in future Nato coalition forces."

The team’s IFF Mode 5 subsystems use a common US-sourced deception resistant KIV-77 Mode 4/5 cryptographic computer that is more secure and is already used by the US armed forces.

Having served as the IFF incumbents on more than 97% of the platforms involved in the Mode 5 upgrade, the team is following a low-risk approach that builds on prior authority and company investment in Successor IFF (SIFF) and Mode 5. The companies are also leveraging the lessons learnt during the successful delivery of the SIFF capability.

In recent years, Raytheon’s established SIFF support infrastructure helped the fleet-wide introduction of Mode S upgrades, thereby establishing a proven model for delivery of the Mode 5 upgrade.
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