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Raytheon brings innovative technologies to the Dubai Airshow

An F-15 uses chaff to confuse adversarial sensors. Raytheon leveraged more than 40 years of experience to develop its Mode 5 IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system, which consists of a crypto applique computer, a transponder and interrogator. (Photo: Jim Haseltine / High-G Productions)

The Dubai Airshow is one of the world’s premier showcases for technological innovation. Raytheon is making sure this year’s event continues that proud tradition.

The company will showcase some of the most advanced products available today, from ground-based air defense to land-based missile interceptors to the battle-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.

C5I: Command, Control, Communications, Cyber Protected and Information Systems

Collecting and managing battle information is more challenging today than ever before. An increasing number of nations, across six continents, depend on Raytheon for comprehensive C5I, which integrates and upgrades current customer systems with the tools that are necessary in the 21st century. The result: a common operational picture in a cyber-secure environment to enable rapid decisions and the ability to execute and assess missions.

Commanders must instantly understand what’s going on around them. Visitors to Raytheon’s Envisioneering Center in Fullerton, California, are transported into a simulated operational environment, with ships, aircraft and ground forces moving across a virtual coastline.  That virtual landscape embodies the power of C5I, drawing a comprehensive picture of action on land, sea and in the air – even in cyberspace – in real time. It is a virtual demonstration of powerful C5I in action.

“We can show everything from a full Joint Operations Center to specific air, land, maritime or cyber-focused scenarios,” said Chuck Taylor, a retired brigadier general and combat veteran who now serves as business development manager for Raytheon’s Command and Control systems. “The EC proves how a fully integrated system can support the commander and staff to plan while executing operations – to see and act first by outthinking the threat.”

Raytheon's Global Patriot Solutions provide 13 countries with a combat-proven missile defense architecture that is continuously upgraded to keep ahead of evolving threats.

Patriot Air and Missile Defense System

Sustainability isn’t just about going green.

For Raytheon, sustainment also means maintaining and modernizing its cutting-edge defense systems to keep ahead of evolving threats. Perhaps no program embodies this commitment more than Global Patriot Solutions.

Patriot is the cornerstone of air and missile defense for the U.S. and 12 allied nations in Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. The legendary program has undergone an enormous evolutionary process, leading to leaps of innovation like gallium nitride-based circuitry for lighter weight and more affordability, and added rear-facing arrays for an unblinking 360-degree view.

“Patriot protects lives.  The system has to be designed flawlessly and have top-notch support,” said John Bottino, Whole Life Engineering team lead at the Andover, Massachusetts, facility where Raytheon manufactures Patriot. “You’re never at a point where it’s enough.”

Bottino and his team constantly explore every aspect of Patriot, finding ways to make the system even more effective and affordable. That is the only way to ensure top-notch customer satisfaction and protection for warfighters.

Few know Patriot better than Joseph DeAntona, director of business development for Raytheon’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense product line. He spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, most of the time with a Patriot by his side. He knows how far the system has come.

 “If you take a look at the original Patriot and the modern Patriot, the only similarity is the name,” DeAntona said. “It’s been completely overhauled to match the proliferated threat.”

An AMRAAM AIM-120C7 missile is fired from a NASAMS canister launcher during international Thor's Hammer exercises in Sweden late last year. Raytheon is developing an extended-range version of the missile for ground-based air defense.

Ground-Based Air Defense

How do you turn an air-to-air missile into an even more robust solution for ground-based air defense?

Give it longer reach and integrate it into a proven air defense system.

Raytheon recently completed extensive lab testing on a new, extended-range variant of the combat-proven Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM®). The conclusion:  Extended-range AMRAAM-ER can be integrated and employed from the proven National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).

NASAMS is a tailorable, state-of-the-art, networked air defense system that combines redundancy and survivability with unrivaled firepower. The system can quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving threats – like enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles or cruise missiles.

"AMRAAM-ER significantly expands the capability of our NASAMS ground-based air defense system. The new surface-launched missile will have a longer range and higher speed than the current AMRAAM," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "By leveraging components from existing weapons programs, Raytheon is on a fast track to deliver AMRAAM-ER affordably and with very low risk."

Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, the AMRAAM-ER missile will be fielded as part of NASAMS. Along with Raytheon’s AN/MPQ-64 F1 Sentinel radar and Kongsberg’s Fire Distribution Center and canister launcher, the system will provide increased protection in the medium range air defense market.

Land-Based SM-3

The Missile Defense Agency has shared U.S. plans to deploy the first land-based Standard Missile-3s (SM-3) at an ‘Aegis Ashore’ site in Romania by the end of this year.

This versatile defensive weapon, launched from either sea or land, collides with incoming ballistic missiles. Its kill vehicle destroys the threat outside of the earth’s atmosphere, like hitting a bullet with a bullet.

The kinetic energy obliterates the threat completely – the equivalent of a 10-ton truck traveling at 900 kilometers per hour.

SM-3 continues to excel in stringent testing that simulates real operational situations on land and at sea – emphasizing its pivotal role in the European Phased Adaptive Approach.

In 2014, the SM-3 Block IB was successfully launched for the first time from an Aegis Ashore testing site in Hawaii. Later that year, a ship-launched SM-3 destroyed a short-range ballistic missile target during a highly complex integrated air and missile defense exercise in the Pacific. Just last month, an SM-3 made waves with a successful launch in European waters – the first of its kind, demonstrating regional interoperability and Europe’s commitment to the NATO ballistic missile defense mission.

The SM-3 program is a proven success, with 28 successful intercepts to date.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015

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