Saudis implement E-3 upgrades

The US Air Force contracted Telephonics $12.6 million for the Royal Saudi Air Force Airborne Warning and Control System (RSAF AWACS) Next Generation Identification Friend or Foe (IFF).

The deal is for manufacture, test, and delivery of Next Generation Identification Friend or Foe AN/UPX-40 Interrogator shipsets and installation kits for the RSAF AWACS fleet.

The AN/UPX-40 IFF avionics enables aircraft to identify and position aircraft or ships as friendly or unknown, as well as determine their bearing and range. The Telephonics IFF and secondary surveillance radar systems aids military and civil air traffic controllers to direct traffic and protect friendly forces.

Additionally to AWACS aircraft worldwide, the company’s IFF systems are deployed at airports, on aircraft carriers, on surface vessels, and aboard maritime patrol fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Work will take place in New York and is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2021.