14 Oct 2019

Aircrews to get hand-held devices linked via secure WiFi

Raytheon has received a $48 million engineering services contract to support the integration and qualification of hand-held devices into secured platform-mounted WiFi systems.

Raytheon will load the mobile devices with situational awareness and mission planning applications, which will improve air-to-ground communication between combat teams, enhancing situational awareness as the mission unfolds.

The contract is part of the United States Army’s Air Soldier System (Air SS), the service’s effort to equip their rotary-wing aircrews with wearable electronics that increase their mission effectiveness and survivability.

Under the contract, Raytheon will load mission applications on commercial off-the-shelf phones and tablets to allow air and ground users to access and share current weather updates, friendly force trackers, and secure text messages.

Matt Gilligan,Vice President at Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business, said: “We’re helping aircrews and ground forces better communicate and collaborate in real time on the battlefield.

“Right now Blackhawk crews and dismounted soldiers rely heavily on voice communications during a mission, and when dynamics are changing in the air and on the ground minute by minute, that’s a huge challenge.”

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