Raytheon launches latest software to revolutionize Patriot, provide advanced capabilities to soldiers
Technical improvements to address current and evolving threats
PARIS, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has started delivering a new release of software, Post Deployment Build-7 (PDB-7), to its worldwide Patriot customer base. PDB-7 is the latest in a series of software deployment builds revolutionizing the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.
The PDB-7 software gives soldiers state-of-the-art capabilities by leveraging the latest Patriot Configuration-3 hardware modernization improvements in the radar and battle management command, control, communication, computers, and intelligence (BMC4I) areas. Technical improvements include major enhancements that allow soldiers in the field to defend against current threats and easily adapt and respond to changing threat environments.
"This latest software launch is a testament to Raytheon's commitment to its 12 Patriot partners worldwide to provide a state-of-the-art system to protect their nations and soldiers," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. "The enhancements and increases in processing power across key components of the system give soldiers a significant advantage in the battlefield with greater efficiency and safety while substantially decreasing lifecycle costs of the system."
Key enhancements supported by the new PDB-7 software include:
- The new Modern Man Station (MMS), with color LCD displays, touch screens and soft keys, improves situational awareness and decision-making during tactical operations. The enhanced view gives soldiers in the field the ability to quickly differentiate between threats and non-threats, and see threats sooner and further out. Reacting quickly and appropriately will decrease the possibility of confusion and fratricide.
- The new Radar Digital Processor (RDP), with a ruggedized commercial off-the-shelf processor, increases the reliability of the digital processing system and related analog components by 10-fold, resulting in a predicted 40 percent increase in overall radar reliability. More importantly, it enables future capabilities through software upgrades, including improved target detection and identification, multifunction surveillance and the full support of advanced PAC-3 missile enhancements.
- The new Modern Adjunct Processor (MAP) is an expandable processing platform that is at the heart of the Command and Control modernization. MAP increases Patriot's computer processing power by several orders of magnitude today while also providing significant expansion capability for the future. MAP seamlessly integrates today's technology, such as the MMS, and enables integration of future cutting-edge technologies as they are developed.
Patriot is the world's most capable air and missile defense system, providing protection against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is the system of choice for 12 nations around the globe.
Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 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. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.
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