New force protection system on way

May 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. military personnel operating in potentially dangerous non-combat environments in war zones are to receive increased protection from Raytheon.

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, through its Force Protection Program, has contracted the company to develop force protection sensor kits that have greater range and capabilities than those now used.

The new kits will also be more portable for use by mobile, dismounted units.

"Extending the reach of force protection kits will improve troops' access to information and their reach-back to command-and-control centers, helping them to make more informed decisions and enabling better mission planning and threat responses," said Joe Loyall, Force Protection program manager for Raytheon BBN Technologies.

Raytheon BBN said it will develop new sensor systems for force protection that provide beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness, enable the use of handheld platforms for dismounted operations while outside bases, and allow automatic archiving and retrieval of collected data.

The kits will also allow information to be transmitted by unmanned aerial vehicles to troops in remote locations rather than by satellite, which can be slower.

The value of the contact is $1.9 million. Its term length was not disclosed.

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