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Variant of the P-3 Orion

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Argon ST, a long-time supplier to the U.S. Navy and other U.S. military and intelligence customers, provides signal intelligence solutions on platforms such as the signals reconnaissance variant of the P-3 Orion.

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Since its founding in 2004, Argon ST has provided systems that detect and analyze radio emissions to derive intelligence from within radio signals. Signals intelligence is a hallmark of Argon ST, which is now a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary and a division of Boeing Network & Space Systems after being acquired by Boeing for in August 2010.

“At our core we are a signals intelligence provider with specific focus on communications intelligence,” explained Kerry Rowe, Argon ST’s vice president and chief operating officer. “We’re a big supplier to the United States military for subsurface, surface and airborne applications.”

Signals intelligence is part of a larger set of interrelated capabilities referred to as C4ISR – command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. 

“I see huge growth opportunity through bringing our C4ISR capabilities to Boeing platforms for domestic and international customers,” Rowe said. This means that aircraft such as the Boeing-built P-8A and P-8I – which are Boeing 737-based submarine hunting aircraft for the U.S. Navy and for India, respectively – could one day have Argon ST equipment on board.

Argon ST technology also could find its way onto the A160T, ScanEagle and other unmanned airborne systems. When this happens, it will be due in large part to the culture of innovation and risk-taking that is also fostered at Argon ST.

“To me innovation requires creative and novel solutions,” said John Boynton, a software engineer at Argon ST. “To be innovative you can’t be defined by the risks you avoid; it has to be about the opportunities you take.”