Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) has demonstrated a key Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capability during the recently concluded Valiant Shield 22 exercise.
The demonstration involved displaying the ability to collect data on a simulated sea-based threat, processing the data and then sharing it with distributed defence systems across the Western Pacific Ocean.
Operating as Raytheon’s Multi-Program Testbed (RMT), a converted Boeing 727 used radar and electronic intelligence sensors to determine the simulated threat.
Subsequently, the processors synthesised the data to develop a comprehensive targeting solution. This was then shared with tactical platforms in the simulated, highly contested environment.
Apart from Raytheon’s RMT, the test involved a KC-135 aircraft, four US Navy F/A-18 fighters and a command-and-control station on the US mainland.
RI&S Secure Sensor Solutions president Eric Ditmars said: “In the multi-domain fight, seconds could mean the difference between victory and defeat.
“This experiment shows we can deliver synthesised, multi-source data to commanders faster than ever, giving them a decisive battlefield advantage.”
“Bringing these capabilities to the field gives us the highest degree of confidence in their real-world applicability. It allows us to stress test them in operational environments and accelerate their maturity.”
The 12-day-long Valiant Shield 2022 ended on 17 June. The exercise was designed to improve integration between the US forces through joint operations.
RI&S is a Raytheon Technologies business that focuses on delivering disruptive technologies across multiple domains.
Recently, Raytheon Missiles & Defence, another Raytheon Technologies business, won an $867m contract to deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptors to the US and partner nations.