EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company has
successfully integrated and demonstrated its SeaVue maritime surveillance
radar and AAS-52 Multi-spectral Targeting System (MTS-A) aboard a General
Atomics Aeronautical Systems Mariner unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a
derivative of the Generals Atomics Predator B UAV.
"The successful April flight demonstration from El Mirage, Calif., is a
perfect example of what a motivated team can accomplish," said Jack Kelble,
president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "In order to meet an
important demonstration request, we installed and integrated the SeaVue and
MTS-A mission systems, and then performed the necessary flight verification
tests in only three weeks. This is a remarkable engineering achievement."
In addition to demonstrating the Mariner UAV's performance and operational
flexibility at various altitudes, the flight highlighted the sensors' combined
maritime surveillance capabilities and network connectivity when operating
together on one platform. This flight demonstrated many of the capabilities
outlined in the U.S. Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance requirement.
The SeaVue family of radars is designed to detect small maritime targets
in high seas and provide superior maritime situational awareness. The system's
flexible architecture enables it to meet a wide variety of surveillance
requirements and support multiple missions. Depending on the configuration,
typical missions include maritime surface search and target tracking, ship
imaging and classification, overland mapping, search and rescue, weather
avoidance and navigation, harbor and economic zone surveillance, and
environmental monitoring such as oil spill detection and ice flow mapping.
SeaVue was designed as a light weight, low cost, surveillance radar that can
be easily installed on smaller aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned vehicles.
To date, more than 100 SeaVue radar systems are in operation around the world.
The AAS-52 MTS-A is a multi-use electro-optical, infrared, and laser
detecting-ranging-tracking set, developed and produced for use in military
systems. Using state-of-the-art digital architecture, this advanced electro-
optical/infrared (EO/IR) system provides long-range surveillance, target
acquisition, tracking, rangefinding, and laser designation for all tri-service
and NATO laser-guided munitions.
As a premier mission systems integrator, Raytheon's family of unmanned
technologies provides customers with netted solutions for Intelligence,
Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Precision Engagement, and Homeland
Security operations. Key technologies include: ground and airborne command
and control systems with satellite connectivity; integrated Global Positioning
Systems (GPS); netted weapons and fire control solutions; signals
intelligence; stand alone and integrated EO/IR and radar sensor systems; self-
protection suites; and communications systems.
Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) designs, develops and
manufactures advanced systems for precision engagement; missile defense; and
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Headquartered in El Segundo,
Calif., SAS has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.;
Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
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