Raytheon displays JFires for U.S. Army

March 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM
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TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 27 (UPI) -- Raytheon has finished its latest JFires demonstration for the U.S. Army and Department of Defense.

JFires stands for Joint Force Interoperability and Requirements Evaluation SupraCenter. Raytheon said this was the ninth consecutive successful demonstration procedure of the system.

JFires is manufactured by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. The company describes it as a "multi-service, multi-theater, multi-mission Joint Battle-space prototyping environment integrating high fidelity, large-scale digital simulations with fielded hardware and software in a 'hardware-in-the-loop' setting."

The company is pushing ahead with achieving critical single integrated air picture -- SIAP -- combat identification and net-centric integrated fire control -- IFC -- functions in combat on the system.

"JFires offers the Army and joint forces a venue for developing affordable, critically needed capabilities today," said John Urias, vice president, Force Application Programs, Raytheon IDS.

The company said its latest demonstration of the system involved multiple near-simultaneous IFC engagements by the U.S. Army's SLAMRAAM -- Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile -- and U.S. Navy ship-launched air and cruise ballistic missile defense interceptors.

Raytheon said the demonstrations were done with operational scenarios prescribed by the services and the Joint Systems SIAP Engineering Organization. These scenarios included different sensor, weapon and command and control platforms that had to deal with hundreds of friendly and hostile air and space borne objects detected in a net-centric environment.

The U.S. services also required Raytheon to further boost the complexity of the scenarios with further land attack cruise and intercontinental ballistic missile threats. The purpose of the exercise was to show joint force integrated defense effectiveness, the company said.

Raytheon said it applied its own Tactical Component Network(R) as the foundational SIAP technology to operate with existing air picture networks that had the capability of communicating identification and associated attributes across the composite network. In this procedure, new capabilities were developed, such as network-based cuing and sensor resource management. This development will provide the capability for a joint IFC capability, the company said.

"Our JFires demonstrations help us to iteratively refine our technologies to meet or exceed the Army's Integrated Battle Command System requirements," Urias said.

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