Raytheon to Demonstrate IED Training Simulation at AUSA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)-led IED training team will be demonstrating its new improvised explosive device simulation solution during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.
The AUSA event will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5-7, 2009. Raytheon's booth is No. 2603.
As casualties in Afghanistan due to IEDs continue to increase, the need for improved pre-deployment training has become paramount. The Raytheon team has designed a portable, fully immersive, IED training platform that uses commercially available, off-the-shelf components to provide accurate, real-time, live-soldier simulation. Because the configuration is flexible, individuals, teams and even full units can be trained simultaneously.
The Raytheon team is part of the company's IED Defeat Task Force commissioned in 2006 by Raytheon Chairman and CEO William H. Swanson. The task force's goal is to identify and field technology and training solutions designed to defeat IEDs.
In addition to the IED simulation demonstration, which will occur in the Raytheon booth throughout the exposition, retired Army Lt. Gen. Jim Riley, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Land Combat, will brief the media Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. The briefing will take place in room 101 of the Convention Center. Riley will cover the role of precision on the current battlefield, and how Raytheon is evolving legacy weapons and developing new ones to meet the brigade combat teams' needs.
Also in the Raytheon booth during the show:
- Combat systems that provide today's soldier with networked, actionable information through improved reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition mission capabilities;
- Raytheon's third-generation electro-optical/infrared mast-mounted sensor;
- Raytheon's Android Tactical System (RATS), which enhances intelligence dissemination using the Google™ Android cell phone. RATS was developed to deliver multimedia content faster and easier to the warfighter. The system uses existing open source technologies that warfighters are used to with their personal cell phones. Now, with minor modifications and security upgrades, they can be utilized for the battlefield; and
- THUNDR -- a new application that runs on a standard issue laptop, links soldiers to DCGS (Distributed Common Ground System) for greater mobility in intelligence collection and dissemination by Army, Marine and special operations units and echelons at battalion and below.
News media representatives are invited to listen to a podcast series called Dual Band that will air each day of the show. Tune in at www.raytheon.com Keyword: Dual Band.
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Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.
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