Maritime surface vessel targeting seeker for U.S. Air Force to be developed by BAE SystemsNews
January 11, 2023
MERRIMACK, New Hampshire. BAE Systems has won a $12 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop a multi-mode radar/infrared open architecture seeker for targeting surface vessels at sea from aircraft, the company announced in a statement.
The award is a Phase 2 contract from AFRL under the Maritime Weapon Innovation Program (MWIP) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (also known as QUICKSINK), the statement reads.
QUICKSINK is an air-delivered maritime surface vessel munition that uses a precision-guided munition kit, with the intent to provide semi-autonomous targeting of surface vessels by retrofitting the technology on existing weapon systems, the company says.
The Phase 2 portion of the contract will focus on integration and test maturation of a prototype seeker system via flight demonstration.