Raytheon launches latest software to revolutionize Patriot, provide advanced capabilities to soldiers
- Technical improvements to address current and evolving threats
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has started delivering a new release of software, Post Deployment Build-7 (PDB-7), to its worldwide Patriot customer base. PDB-7 is the latest in a series of software deployment builds revolutionizing the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.
The PDB-7 software gives soldiers state-of-the-art capabilities by leveraging the latest Patriot Configuration-3 hardware modernization improvements in the radar and battle management command, control, communication, computers, and intelligence (BMC4I) areas. Technical improvements include major enhancements that allow soldiers in the field to defend against current threats and easily adapt and respond to changing threat environments.
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"This latest software launch is a testament to Raytheon's commitment to its 12 Patriot partners worldwide to provide a state-of-the-art system to protect their nations and soldiers," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. "The enhancements and increases in processing power across key components of the system give soldiers a significant advantage in the battlefield with greater efficiency and safety while substantially decreasing lifecycle costs of the system."
Key enhancements supported by the new PDB-7 software include:
- The new Modern Man Station (MMS), with color LCD displays, touch screens and soft keys, improves situational awareness and decision-making during tactical operations. The enhanced view gives soldiers in the field the ability to quickly differentiate between threats and non-threats, and see threats sooner and further out. Reacting quickly and appropriately will decrease the possibility of confusion and fratricide.
- The new Radar Digital Processor (RDP), with a ruggedized commercial off-the-shelf processor, increases the reliability of the digital processing system and related analog components by 10-fold, resulting in a predicted 40 percent increase in overall radar reliability. More importantly, it enables future capabilities through software upgrades, including improved target detection and identification, multifunction surveillance and the full support of advanced PAC-3 missile enhancements.
- The new Modern Adjunct Processor (MAP) is an expandable processing platform that is at the heart of the Command and Control modernization. MAP increases Patriot's computer processing power by several orders of magnitude today while also providing significant expansion capability for the future. MAP seamlessly integrates today's technology, such as the MMS, and enables integration of future cutting-edge technologies as they are developed.
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Source : Raytheon Corporation (NYSE: RTN)