Raytheon and South Korea’s Hanwha will team up to produce Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).
The “technical cooperation agreement” covers IFF Mode 5 systems, says Raytheon.
"Our Mode 5 IFF solutions help lift the fog of combat," says Raytheon vice president Barbara Borgonovi, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Communication Systems.
"Cluttered airspace, crowded battlefields and uncertain seas characterise today's operational environment. We are providing the latest technology that gives coalition forces the ability to distinguish between friend and foe with absolute certainty in the midst of these challenging conditions."
The deal will see Raytheon provide its technology, with Hanwha overseeing production.
“[Mode 5 IFF] extends the range of Mode 4 and upgrades the signaling waveforms, making communications faster and more secure,” says Raytheon. “Mode 4 – in service since the 1960s – uses signals similar to Morse code, while Mode 5's sophisticated modulation techniques will change its codes every few seconds to ensure rapid identification.”
IFF appears to be a focus area for Seoul, with periodic request for proposals issued related to the equipment issued. A current RFP calls for bids to upgrade the IFF equipment aboard its Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion fleet.