The US, UK and other P-8A Poseidon operators have ordered a system to verify forces as friendly and determine their bearing and range.
Telephonics Corp has been awarded a $15,130,351 contract for the procurement of a maximum quantity of 50 Identification Friend or Foe Interrogator (IFFI) AN/UPX-43(V) 1 and 50 IFFI mounting trays, repair of repairables and required technical data in support of P-8A Poseidon Production Lots 9, 10, and 11 for the US Navy, partner countries and foreign military sales customers.
The AN/UPX-43, say its manufacturers, is a ‘monopulse and AIMS certified IFF interrogator designed for command and control’.
It enables air traffic controllers and air defenders to identify military and civilian aircraft, verify forces as friendly and determine their bearing and range. The AN/UPX-43 also provides multi-channel Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and has been deployed in airborne, shipboard and ground-based environments. The system complies with all US and international specifications that define interrogator modes, performance, control, reporting and interface say the company.
“To easily introduce performance upgrades, the system uses common module hardware and software for the detection, interrogation, identification, tracking and data extraction of small targets in severe environments.”
According to a contract notice, work will be performed in Farmingdale, New York, and is expected to be completed in November 2021.
“Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); and FMS funds in the amount of $3,588,904 will be obligated at time of award; none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The first order combines purchases for the Navy ($2,687,946; 75 percent); and the government of the United Kingdom ($900,958; 25 percent).
This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (N68335-19-D-0002).”
Systems like this are found on almost all types of military aircraft.