Company (NYSE:RTN) will design and develop a Radar Common Data
Link for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The program
will establish datalink connectivity with for active electronically
scanned array (AESA) radar systems to enable rapid exchange
of non-traditional ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance).
The new protocols will match AESA radars installed in F-22,
B-2, and the latest models of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-15
aircraft. Raytheon is teamed with L-3 Communications and Boeing
on the program. L-3 will provide experience with common data
link waveforms. Boeing is the platform partner for integration
of the AESA technology on the F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft.
The Department of Defense considers the program especially
significant to non-traditional ISR tactical fighter missions.
Air crews could use wide-band communication links to transfer
imagery and other high-bandwidth information to and from AESA-equipped
tactical, surveillance and bomber aircraft. The new capability
will establish cost-effective, high-speed communication capability
with existing tactical platforms, without the addition of dedicated
datalink radios, providing the ability to publish time-critical
information products to users on the global information grid.