The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon BBN Technologies—a global company specializing in defense related communications and intelligence systems—a contract to produce force protection sensor kits that have greater range and capabilities than those now in use.
The force protection sensor kits are to include video support for the troops that is to automatically archive, tag, retrieve and search for video and traditional text and image data, thereby providing full access to critical information in all formats, Raytheon says.
Because military personnel often operate in potentially dangerous environments that are not active combat areas, networks of sensors—commonly called force protection kits—are used to alert troops to potential dangers in those perilous environments before they become immediate threats, Raytheon says.
Under the contract—which is worth $1.9 million—the company is to develop a platform to extend the reach of such force protection kits, particularly for mobile and dismounted troops, who are especially vulnerable.In addition to video support, Raytheon says it plans to enhance force protection kit performance in a number of areas including:
Beyond line-of-sight access to sensors: Raytheon is developing technologies that will enable force protection kits to use sensors that are beyond their immediate line-of-sight, providing troops on patrol, and commanders outside the immediate reach of the force protection kits, access to data from more distant sensors.
Untethered operation: Using a handheld platform developed by a subcontractor, Raytheon is collaborating on adaptations that are to provide troops with greater protection when they are outside their bases or vehicles.
Automatic archiving: Raytheon is developing methods to automatically archive collected data making it searchable and retrievable so that troops can review events that may have been missed, analyze events after the fact, or send information on events of interest to analysts.
Information ferrying: Raytheon is developing the new platform to ferry information to and from remote locations via unmanned aerial vehicles.
“Extending the reach of force protection kits will improve troops’ access to information and their reach-back to command and control centers, helping them to make more informed decisions and enabling better mission planning and threat responses,” said Joe Loyall, Raytheon’s force protection program manager.
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