U.S. Air Force and MDA To Net Sensors

by: Matthew Potter
November 2, 2009

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raytheon sensor integration mda air forceRaytheon was awarded a contract last week to begin prototype development of an architecture to integrate U.S. Air Force and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) sensors. The contract is only worth $3 million so this idea is only at the very beginning of development. The Air Force operates the strategic space sensors for the United States. MDA has invested in a series of radars and other systems based on sea and land to support their mission. From the sound of it this contract is to see if a system may be built that integrates data from both sets of sensors and displays them together.

This capability exists already but it may not be in one system and may require some interface between humans. This will aid in sorting out targets and perhaps even if it works out get good enough data to support fire control solutions. Of course like with many of these kind of development programs it may prove hard to do.

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