Raytheon Intelligence & Space has demonstrated the ability to collect data on a simulated sea-based threat and then share targeting solutions with defence systems across the Pacific Ocean, a key test of the company’s Joint All Domain Command and Control infrastructure.
During the US Defence Department’s Valiant Shield 22 exercise in June, Raytheon’s Multi-Programme Testbed, a converted Boeing 727, used a combination of radar and electronic intelligence sensors to assess the simulated threat.
‘Difference between victory and defeat’
Onboard processors then processed the data in seconds to create a comprehensive targeting solution that was passed to tactical platforms, the company said.
“In the multi-domain fight, seconds could mean the difference between victory and defeat,” said Eric Ditmars, president of Secure Sensor Solutions at RI&S. “This experiment shows we can deliver synthesised, multi-source data to commanders faster than ever, giving them a decisive battlefield advantage.”
KC-135 and F/A-18 fighters
Raytheon’s RMT, along with a KC-135 aircraft, four US Navy F/A-18 fighters and a command-and-control station on the US mainland shared data rapidly during the exercise.
“Bringing these capabilities to the field gives us the highest degree of confidence in their real-world applicability,” said Ditmars. “It allows us to stress test them in operational environments and accelerate their maturity.”