U-125 Peace Krypton (Hawker 800XP)
U-125 Peace Krypton (Hawker 800XP)

Lockheed Martin to Support Republic of Korea Peace Krypton Reconnaissance Aircraft

Lockheed Martin Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded a $28,125,918 firm-fixed-price contract with some cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-reimbursable contract line item numbers for follow-on support sustainment of the Republic of Korea Peace Krypton Program. This contract provides for support of the field service representative, program management, core/field engineering, System Depot Support Facility sustainment, technical manuals sustainment and obsolescence management. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Seoul, South Korea, and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2022. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to South Korea and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright‐Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

The Republic of Korea has requested to buy items and services to extend follow-on support to its Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft. Included are Ground System Modernization (GSM) and sustainment of Prime Mission Equipment (PME); Field Service Representatives (FSR); minor modifications and upgrades; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); spares and repair and return of parts; publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The proposed sale will improve Korea’s capability to meet current and future threats by supporting operation of its fleet of Peace Krypton aircraft and enabling continued Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) interoperability with the United States.

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Raytheon Hawker 800XP (Extended Performance) business jet
Raytheon Hawker 800XP (Extended Performance) business jet

The mission of the Peace Krypton system program (known internally to Lockheed Martin Corporation as the Eagle program) is to collect reconnaissance imagery of selected areas during long range missions using an airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery intelligence collection system. The Peace Krypton system processes and transmits FTI (Fixed Target Imagery) and MTI (Moving Target Indicator) data collected from day/night/all-weather operation to ground exploitation facilities. The Peace Krypton system consists of four major subsystems: AE (Aircraft Element), CEES (Central Exploitation Equipment Subsystem), MEES (Mobile Exploitation Equipment Subsystem), and SE (Support Element). The ground-based, CEES and MEES include central and mobile facilities such as data server, computer peripheral equipment, shelters, ground data link, and workstations.

The RC-800 is a militarized specialty version of the Raytheon Hawker 800XP business jet, with antennas added along the fuselage and radar/camera protrusions fore and aft. The AE includes four Hawker 800XP aircraft with SAR with FTI/MTI capability, airborne mission equipment such as workstation, and image data transmitting equipment. The Hawker 800XP Peace Krypton aircraft are used by South Korea for tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and SIGINT (Signals intelligence) tasks, and eight specially-equipped aircraft were delivered in 2000. Hawker 800XP (Extended Performance), the latest variant of the Hawker 800 mid- size corporate jet, offers superior performance in range and payload. The Hawker 800 series has been selected to provide a reconnaissance platform to the Republic of Korea, and the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) flies the aircraft for maritime search-and-rescue (SAR) as well as flight inspection.

U-125 Peace Krypton (Hawker 800XP) tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and SIGINT aircraft of South Korea
U-125 Peace Krypton (Hawker 800XP) tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and SIGINT aircraft of South Korea
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