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Raytheon Provides Full Connectivity in Industry First

U.S. Army's Experimental Force employs Raytheon's networking technology

FORT BENNING, Ga., March 2, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- In an industry first, Raytheon Company established a seamless, tactical wireless network that delivered simultaneous voice, data and video among soldiers, vehicles and unmanned systems.

The mobile ad-hoc network was demonstrated during the U.S. Army's Expeditionary Warrior Experiments for the U.S. Army's Experimental Force.

"We are providing today's future force with solutions it can use for tomorrow's challenges," said Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems. "These exercises highlighted our ability to deliver command and control capabilities and situational awareness for the dismounted soldier."

During the government-sponsored exercises, Raytheon deployed its Enhanced Position Location Reporting System as the tactical wireless network. The EPLRS network provided end-to-end connectivity for soldiers to evaluate networked solutions from unmanned aerial vehicles and other sensors.

The company also established a wireless connection between the EPLRS network and its high-capacity, beyond line-of-site troposcatter system. The link enabled high-capacity communication directly to the dismounted soldier in extended ranges without the need for satellites.

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.


The Internet Protocol, mobile ad-hoc network established during the exercise is Type 1 National Security Agency-certified.

    MB Hodgkiss

SOURCE: Raytheon Company

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