Navy predicts new Super Hornet sensor will begin full-rate production in early FY-25 despite IOC delay

By Nick Wilson / August 8, 2023 at 12:34 PM
The Navy expects its next-generation F/A-18E/F Super Hornet infrared sensor to enter full-rate production in early fiscal year 2025 even though the system's anticipated initial operational capability date has slipped from the third to the fourth quarter of FY-24. While the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system has faced a series of delays that pushed operational testing from early FY-21 to the middle of FY-24, the program is now progressing through production readiness assessments and holding to its first quarter...

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