Hanwha Systems and the Raytheon Company have signed a technical cooperation agreement to produce Identification Friend or Foe Mode 5 systems for the Korean military, Raytheon reported on Tuesday.
Under the agreement, Raytheon will provide its IFF technology and industry leading expertise while Hanwha Systems will oversee domestic production. Mode 5 IFF systems allow operators to positively identify friendly aircraft using a secure, encrypted code, reducing the potential for fratricide and increasing situational awareness.
“Our Mode 5 IFF solutions help lift the fog of combat,” said Barbara Borgonovi, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Communication Systems. “Cluttered airspace, crowded battlefields and uncertain seas characterize 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.”
For more than 70 years, Raytheon has been a leader in Identification Friend or Foe systems. Together with its global partners, Raytheon has delivered, installed and maintained more than 130,000 IFF systems on over 120 different types of aircrafts, ships and land vehicles across the world.
Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries.