Raytheon awarded DARPA contract

March 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. defense contractor Raytheon has received a $3.8 million contract from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The DARPA contract stipulates that Raytheon develop its High-Power Efficient Rf Digital-to-Analog Converter program to allow U.S. armed forces to conduct jamming operations with minimal communication and control interference to its communications with friendly forces.

The objective of Raytheon's HiPERDAC program is to enable tactical platforms, including maritime craft, ground vehicles, tactical aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles along with individual infantrymen to conduct battlefield jamming operations while minimizing frequency interference with friendly forces, the company said Thursday.

"Being able to maintain combat effectiveness while simultaneously disrupting enemy sensors and communication systems represents one of the greatest challenges in asymmetric warfare," said Joe Biondi, Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems vice president of Advanced Technology.

"With extensive experience and expertise developing defense systems across the entire frequency spectrum, Raytheon is uniquely qualified to take on this challenge."

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