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Raytheon’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) family of sensor solutions provides superior detecting, ranging and tracking for military forces worldwide.

Integrated on manned and unmanned aerial systems such as the C-130 fixed wing aircraft, the MH-60 helicopter and the medium altitude long endurance Reaper drone, Raytheon’s MTS surpassed one million operational flight hours on 1,000 fielded systems in August 2010. MTS sensors have been integrated on more than 16 platforms representing all branches of the U.S. military and Department of Homeland Security assets. Numerous MTS products are flying aboard special mission aircraft for NASA, special operations forces and coalition fleets around the world. 

A turreted or forward looking pod combining multiple sensors, the MTS equips aerial platforms with an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) full-motion video camera system that permits long-range surveillance and high-altitude acquisition, tracking and laser designation.

Combat proven, the system supports both U.S. and global military missions for rotary-wing, UAV, and fixed-wing aircraft. As aircrews and warfighters face evolving threats, the MTS meets the constantly increasing demand for actionable information to help intelligence analysts, soldiers and commanders in the field make crucial operating decisions.

These systems offer a number of fully-integrated options to meet the growing needs of a diverse military, national and scientific clientele:

  • Multiple wavelength sensors
  • TV cameras (near-IR and color)
  • Illuminators
  • Eyesafe rangefinders
  • Image merging
  • Spot trackers
  • Other avionics

The multiuse system offers surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, rangefinding, and laser designation for the HELLFIRE missile and for all tri-service and NATO laser-guided munitions such as the Paveway Laser Guided Bomb. The Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod is also used in conjuction with Paveways, JSOWs and HARMs.

To ensure operational reliability, the MTS was designed to meet environmental testing extremes. Its advanced electronics and optical design allow for capability and performance enhancements through add-in circuitry.

The MTS sensors carry the military designations of AAS-52, AAS-53, ASQ-228, DAS-1 and DAS-2. Dependable, flexible and easily supported, the MTS will continue to be the world’s most advanced integrated EO/IR system.


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