DOD, Raytheon link on sensor network
- By Kathleen Hickey
- Oct 17, 2007
The Defense Department will purchase sensor fusion and networking technology from Raytheon.
The Raytheon Solipsys Tactical Component Network (TCN) technology will enable the Pentagon to link sensors and distribute information instantly across both fixed and mobile communication methods. The technology is based on object-oriented software and will be used to support C2 and battle management applications. Sensors that will be linked include radar, infrared and other classified sensors.
Using Solipsys TCN, the DOD will be able to add components to existing networks regardless of hardware, software or vendor provider. The technology also minimizes nonconstructive, redundant and irrelevant information across the network.
TCN manages air, land, space and surface mission domains and can track both low- and high-velocity targets.
The technology was purchased by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for potential use across DOD, said Mark Trenor, president at Raytheon Solipsys, the subsidiary of Raytheon providing the software.
The $45.5 million contract award for Solipsys TCN follows a similar procurement in February for the technology by the Missile Defense Agency and is an expansion of that award, Trenor added.
Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.