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Raytheon Demonstrates Joint C3I Warfighter Interoperability

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by Staff Writers
Tewksbury MA (SPX) May 30, 2007
Raytheon further demonstrated its leading edge Joint Battlefield Integration capability earlier this month with a real-time hardware in-the-loop demonstration of Joint Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (Joint C3I). The Joint C3I demonstration pushed required battlefield situational awareness to a new level by using existing and future communications infrastructures to enable real-time warfighter response at both strategic and tactical command levels.

Using Raytheon's Joint Fires (JFires) tool, which brings its own unique warfighting capability, commanders will now be able to view a single integrated picture by integrating tactical command and control with intelligence systems using satellite communications links. Open architecture and net-enabled products were key contributors bringing this capability forward.

"The challenge is to provide accurate, fused, real-time information from multiple sources that enable both theater and field commanders to respond in a timely and effective manner," said Dan Smith, president, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

"With threats around the globe -- from terror to tactical -- that require widely distributed response assets, Raytheon's Joint C3I capability provides a rapid and affordable capability that integrates and connects the 'now' global intel community with the warfighter."

The backbone technology that enables this capability is Raytheon's TCN(R) (Tactical Component Network) software. Systems integrated for the demonstration included the U.S. Navy's Zumwalt Total Ship Computing Environment, Raytheon's JFires sensor networking environment, a satellite communications link, the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System, and Deep Siren, a submarine tactical paging system. Raytheon officials conducting the demonstration said that other sensor systems will also be integrated into Joint C3I.

Global connectivity is achieved using advanced extremely high frequency satellite communications with bandwidth to support video streaming, still images and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data among geographically dispersed terminals.

"The critical enablers for this successful demonstration were an understanding of the warfighter's needs and a commitment to field open architecture and netted products that can be quickly and efficiently integrated," said Bill Kiczuk, technical director for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

"Joint C3I has shown that the tools to affect the integration are designed into our systems today and are ready to exploit more advanced capabilities as they are fielded."

Raytheon IDS, collaborating with Raytheon Network Centric Systems and Intelligence and Information Systems, led the integration of government and industry Joint C3I systems.

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