FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Raytheon Company
(NYSE: RTN) will receive $8 million in funding from DARPA (the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency) to develop and demonstrate networking and
communications technologies for future insertion into the U.S. Army's Future
Combat Systems (FCS) and other Army systems.
The program's goal is to advance a net-centric system capable of the high
data rates and low latency communications needed for real-time FCS fire
control and robotic missions.
Because future warfighters will operate in hostile electromagnetic
environments, the FCS communications system must also provide protection
against jamming and significantly reduce the probability of enemy detection.
The FCS communications approach to meeting these opposing constraints is
through a multi-tiered mobile ad hoc network (MANET) utilizing both
directional antennas at low-band and highly directional antennas at high-band.
"Raytheon continues to build upon its successes from earlier high-
performance communications and networking program demonstrations within
DARPA," said Mike Keebaugh, president of Raytheon Intelligence and Information
Systems. "The new FCS communications paradigms and protocols that we are
developing and demonstrating will permit warfighters to have access to high-
quality data at very high data rates, enabling a better understanding of their
tactical environment and improving situational awareness."
FCS Communications DEMO 4 work will be done in Fullerton, Calif.; Falls
Church, Va.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.;
and Centerport, N.Y.
Raytheon Company, 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.
SOURCE: Raytheon Company
Web site: http://www.raytheon.com/