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Raytheon Awarded Contract For Key Command And Control Solution

by Staff Writers
Fort Wayne IN (SPX) May 22, 2008
Raytheon has been awarded a four-year, $76 million contract extension for a critical command and control solution currently deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Raytheon's Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System is the Army's system of record for planning, coordinating and controlling all mortars, close air support, naval gunfire, attack helicopters, offensive electronic warfare, field artillery cannons, rockets and guided missiles.

In addition, AFATDS provides interoperability of multi-national and coalition battle command systems across the battlefield. It is a key component of the Army's Battle Command capability and will provide key services to the Net-Enabled Command Capability of the future.

"This award inserts critical new capabilities into the AFATDS system, including support for additional precision munitions and upgraded sensors," said Jack Harrington, vice president Network Centric Systems' Command and Control Systems. "These upgrades are an important step in the Department of Defense's migration to network-centric warfare."

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, AFATDS has directed tens of thousands of munitions, rockets, and long-range missiles safely to their targets, while preventing fratricide and the loss of friendly aircraft.

The Net-Enabled Command Capability is the Department of Defense's principal command and control capability that will be accessible in a net- centric environment. It is focused on providing the commander with the data and information needed to make timely, effective and informed decisions.

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