Next Generation Battlefield Technology:
Land Warfare Conference:
Raytheon Australia at Land Warfare Conference 2010
Raytheon Australia has formally announced the company’s teaming for its pursuit of JP 2072 Phase 2B. The company intends to prime JP2072 Phase 2B with the strong support of Raytheon Company (Network Centric Systems) and General Dynamics C4 Systems.
Ward pointed to the particular strengths that each of the teaming partners offered the team. “Raytheon Australia will prime our bid for JP 2072 Ph2B on the back of our strong landed presence in Australia and demonstrated capabilities to deliver upon such a complex undertaking. We will also be drawing upon the deep expertise of Raytheon Network Centric Systems in military communications systems and the vital experience of General Dynamics C4 Systems as the prime contractor for the off-the-shelf Warfighter Information Network –Tactical (WIN-T) system fielded with the US Army.”
It was announced earlier in the year that Raytheon Australia had won the contract to supply EPLRS and MicroLight tactical data radios as well as ancillaries, spares, support and training under Phase 1 of JP 2072. Phase 2B of the Joint Project will transition the Australian Army from the existing Parakeet trunk communications to a new Battlespace Communications System including enhanced trunking and switching infrastructure.
“The Commonwealth’s acquisition under this phase of the project will not only help move Army from an analogue to a digital force but will be pivotal for key Army programs in the years ahead,” Mr Ward said.
He stressed that this was not a time for a developmental solution and that it was important to consider a COTS/MOTS solution at a system level rather than a specific product level.
“We believe that the US WIN-T is the most viable MOTS solution for Phase 2B. It is fielded and in service with the US Army, it has the form and size requirements sought by the Australian Army and has a publicly declared growth path,” Ward said.
“There is also strong merit in selecting a system that is not only interoperable with the United States but can be integrated with US operations. That the US Government has committed to invest in WIN-T for years to come is particularly beneficial.”
Michael Ward also emphasised the value of selecting a system which has the support or a strong “parent service” amongst Australia’s allies.
Raytheon’s teaming announcement was accompanied by a demonstration of the network management and training simulation software capabilities used within the US Army system.
Locally Managed, Globally Proven Solutions
As a trusted partner to the Australian Defence Force, Raytheon Australia is well-positioned to prime JP 2072 Phase 2B, with a strong pedigree in locally managing proven battlefield technology.
Having developed a complete range of networked and integrated systems for the land environment, Raytheon Australia’s in-country workforce draws upon the company’s interoperable technology to meet the changing needs of the Australian Army.
With a proven tactical data communications system to a future fires command and control system, Raytheon’s global suite of solutions have been proven successful in operations, saving lives on the ground.
Offering capabilities such as next generation artillery, secure tactical communication systems, integrated military training and simulation systems as well as whole-of-life mission support, Raytheon is well positioned to deliver solutions that meet the most demanding challenges.
With a complete range of networked and integrated systems, Raytheon delivers a significant operational advantage for the Australian Army in the land tactical environment. The company is a leading developer and integrator of communication, control and associated network systems.
Raytheon’s suite of battlefield communications technology includes EPLRS (Enhanced Position Location Reporting System) and MicroLight® radios, which have proven to be very successful in providing advanced high capacity, tactical battlefield data communications to U.S. and Canadian forces on operations.
Under JP 2072 Phase 1, Raytheon Australia delivered 2,000 EPLRS and MicroLight® radios and thousands of ancillary items to the DMO, weeks ahead of the contracted delivery date. The company plans to continue supporting the project throughout follow on phases.
Complementing Raytheon’s battlefield communications technologies are the company’s suite of proven networked systems, including MainGate (Mobile Ad hoc Interoperability Network Gateway). MainGate combines two ground breaking technologies to provide a reliable, interoperable network for connecting current and future forces to the Global Information Grid.
Additionally, Raytheon’s Tactical Extension of Line of Sight (TELOS) system is a secure, small, lightweight, user-friendly beyond line of site communications terminal for forward-deployed troops.
In the Command and Control (C2) sector, Raytheon’s portfolio includes the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS), which has been selected by the Australian Army as their future fires C2 system to be introduced into service. As a key C2 system supporting the digitisation of Land forces, AFATDS provides flexible, user-friendly general and fires C2 capability. The system also supports 3D Common Operational Picture.
Raytheon Australia’s reputation for delivering whole of life support for Australian Defence Force platforms, systems and products is proven by the company’s support for programs across domains. The company’s local workforce has delivered mission support for AN/ TPQ-36 Weapon Locating Radar, EPLRS, AFATDS, Collins Class submarines, F-111, C130H&J, FA-18, Blackhawk, Seahawk and Rotary Wing Flying Training, ensuring that availability targets are achieved within performance based contracts.
The company has a depth of expertise in delivering training solutions that draw upon Raytheon’s strong systems engineering pedigree locally and overseas. Raytheon has an extensive heritage in the design and manufacture of force protection solutions including precision guided munitions, sensors, persistent surveillance and data fusion such as SLAMRAAM, Excalibur, AN/TPQ-36 and ARAID and GBOSS. Raytheon is also a major player in simulation for training through programs such as Gruntworks and in-theatre support.