Raytheon Demonstrates Homeland Defense Capability Using A2C2S
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 1, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A command and control system designed by Raytheon Company for the U.S. Army, recently demonstrated its ability to support the Army National Guard's homeland defense mission.
Called Army Airborne Command and Control System (A2C2S), the flying tactical operations center has logged more than two thousand hours in support of combat and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East. On February 24th, during a Homeland Defense Communications Module concept demonstration, the system proved that it could track and control first responder vehicles, retransmit video and "crossband" otherwise incompatible communications systems.
"In crisis situations, every second counts," said Brian McKeon, Raytheon vice president of Command and Control Systems. "A2C2S gives emergency responders new capabilities that increase their ability to help people, while reducing the time it takes to deliver that help."
Using a scenario that replicated Huntsville's 1989 tornado, the U.S. Army and Raytheon showed government dignitaries and the news media how the system might have helped emergency responders involved in that disaster recovery effort. The A2C2S demonstration was a first step in developing-and ultimately fielding-the new homeland defense system.
A2C2S is a mission equipment package that transforms selected helicopters into airborne command posts. When installed on Army UH-60L Black Hawks, the system allows commanders and their staffs -- at brigade, division and above -- to maintain digital command, control and communication while moving through the battle space at more than 200 kilometers per hour. The same airborne command and control (C2) capability allows emergency responders to maintain uninterrupted C2, no matter where they go to respond to a disaster or defend America's homeland. When equipped with the Homeland Defense Communications Module, A2C2S can connect civilian emergency first responders with National Guard and active military units in a C2 network that enables all of them to support the mission.
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2004 sales of $20.2 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.
Note to editors:
A2C2S supported the 4th Infantry Division during 18 months of combat in Iraq. The system served with distinction, exceeded its mission requirements and delivered better than predicted reliability.
In 2004, the United States Congress appropriated funds to demonstrate A2C2S's capability to support the Army National Guard.
UH-60L helicopters with A-kit equipment (antennas, structural supports and attachment points) are designated EUH-60L. The B-kit -- consisting of integrated racks, cables, radios, computer, and networking equipment -- is designated the AN/ASC-38.
The system is designed and produced by Raytheon employees in Huntsville, Ala. and Ft. Wayne, Ind.
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