Magazine article National Defense

Sensor-to-Shooter Demonstration Takes Aim at Single Air Picture

Magazine article National Defense

Sensor-to-Shooter Demonstration Takes Aim at Single Air Picture

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The Navy's ongoing efforts to network ship-based and airborne sensors in order to generate a single picture of the battlefield is at the core of a recent technology demonstration by prime contractor Raytheon Systems Company.

The company developed a computer-- based simulation that shows how the Navy, and potentially the other services, could achieve a "single integrated air picture" in real time and allow a computerized battle manager to select and engage targets and strike weapons.

This is part of a "sensor-to-shooter" technology demonstration that proves that "network-centric warfare" can be achieved, said Tony Gecan, systems engineer at Raytheon's Command, Control, Communications and Information Systems, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The company builds the Navy's cooperative engagement capability (CEC) system that will be used in Aegis battle-groups to link all ship and aircraft sensors and create a composite tracking network of the targets in the area. …

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