Raytheon data link chosen for bomb

Nov. 3, 2010 at 8:42 AM
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Small diameter bombs being developed for the U.S. military by the Raytheon Co. will feature Rockwell Collins' TacNet data link.

The TacNet data link system is a small form factor, dual-channel, two waveform terminal that enables network-centric operation of next-generation weapon systems.

The company said the system enables in-flight target updates, retargeting, weapon handover coordination, bomb hit assessments and increased networked situational awareness.

"TacNet's proven performance and reliability will provide Raytheon's SDB II solution with unprecedented connectivity and interoperability in this size of a weapon data link," said Bruce King, vice president and general manager of Communication Products at Rockwell Collins. "TacNet's ability to interoperate with existing tactical networks now extends net-centric communications all the way from the warfighter directly to small precision guided weapons."

As a net-enabled weapon with an all-weather, tri-mode seeker, the Small Diameter Bomb II will give warfighters advanced capability to attack moving targets.

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