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Raytheon Sets Multi-Service Missiles Simulation-Firing Test

By | December 4, 2006

      Raytheon Co. [RTN] plans a mass computerized simulation testing of both Army and Navy missiles, the company stated.

      This will be a multi-theater, multi-service Single Integrated Air Picture (SIAP) capability demonstration to be held next month, as Raytheon expands its Joint Fires (JFires) program.

      Highlights of JFires Demo 3 will be multiple integrated fire control engagements by Army SLAMRAAM (Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile), Navy Standard Missiles-2 and 3, and ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile) interceptors.

      The weapons are built by Raytheon, and will be used in simulated targeting against simulated cruise and ballistic missile threats.

      JFires combines high fidelity, large-scale digital simulations with tactically representative hardware-in-the-loop facilities. It uses an operational Northeast Asia-3 scenario as prescribed by JSSEO (Joint Single Integrated Air Picture Engineering Organization).

      This will be the third such event. Earlier demonstrations in August and October produced a joint SIAP with a variety of service sensors in two interrelated theaters of operation, including defense of the homeland against long-range ICBM threats.

      The SIAP foundation is established using the Raytheon Tactical Component Network (R), which has been enhanced to work with existing air picture networks while sharing identification and associated attributes across the composite network.

      As a result, new capabilities have emerged including network-based cueing and sensor resource management.

      JFires was established to create an open architecture infrastructure to accelerate critical fielding of warfighter technology, providing improved interoperability. “JFires represents Raytheon’s continued commitment to achieve affordable warfighter capability. It offers a significant acceleration in SIAP for joint forces,” said Rick Yuse, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Integrated Air Defense unit.

      SIAP is being developed by the Joint SIAP System Engineering Organization (JSSEO). This allows U.S. military service personnel and allies to share a single graphical representation of the battlespace. It is considered a principal means of networking forces together to create a decisive warfighting advantage.

      The JSSEO mission is to identify the most effective and efficient means to achieve a SIAP that satisfies warfighter needs. It does this by implementing a disciplined systems engineering process that considers the entire spectrum of alternatives (including training and tactics, techniques, and procedures) and by developing an incremental approach to improve command and control of existing systems and the integrated architectures within which these systems operate.

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