New USMC air control system to be tested

June 29, 2006 at 7:00 PM
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., June 29 (UPI) -- Raytheon's CAC2S aviation control system will begin live testing at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton.

Raytheon said Thursday that the live testing will be the final phase of the CAC2S (Common Aviation Command and Control System) development.

The system is a hardware and software package that will provide command-and-control for Marine air assets as well as anti-aircraft units operating in joint-service and multinational theatres.

Its modular design allows for quick deployment overseas via ship or plane, and it combines as many as five existing C-and-C systems to further reduce the amount of gear Marine units have to lug to the operational area.

The system's technology is based largely on the Navy Ship Self Defense System's architecture, coding and components.

"CAC2S enables reliable, streamlined Marine air command and control in a much-improved configuration," summed up Raytheon Vice President Rick Yuse.

Raytheon said in a news release that the testing regime at Pendleton will involve "a challenging tactical environment configured with live radars and communications." Additional equipment will be added after the initial testing in order to carry out operational assessments and testing.

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