Navy asks Raytheon to push forward with project to convert UAV control station software from Solaris to Linux

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 14 June 2012. Software engineers at the Raytheon Co. Intelligence and Information Systems segment in Garland, Texas, will continue a project to convert application code in the U.S. Navy Tactical Control System (TCS) for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the proprietary Solaris operating system to the open-systems Linux operating system under terms of a $27.9 million contract awarded last week.

Officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., announced the contract to Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems in a contract justification-and-approval document released on 7 June. Navy officials say Raytheon is the only responsible source able to do the UAV control station software upgrade (story continues below).

The contract and contract modifications to Raytheon concern the TCS interfaces to the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV), which help human operators control the aircraft and its payloads during sea- and ground-based operations.

The Raytheon TCS is designed to operate UAVs in all branches of the U.S. military, as well as NATO STANAG 4586-compliant UAVs. Raytheon developed the TCS to run on the Sun Microsystems Solaris 8 software operating system, which is approaching the end of its useful life in U.S. military applications.

The contract calls for Raytheon to convert TCS software that runs the Fire Scout to the open-source Linux operating system. The Solaris and Linux operating systems both are based on the Unix operating system.

The MQ-8B Fire Scout from the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace systems segment in Redondo Beach, Calif., is an unmanned helicopter for Navy situational awareness and precision targeting. The unmanned aircraft is based on the Schweizer Model 333 two-seat manned helicopter from Schweizer Aircraft Corp. in Horseheads, N.Y. It can autonomously take off and land on any aviation-capable warship and at unprepared landing zones near battlefields.

Story continues below the video

The Navy and Northrop Grumman are working together to upgrade the Fire Scout UAV to extend the aircraft's endurance. Northrop Grumman won a $262.3 million contract in April to build two unmanned helicopters and six fire Scout UAVs as part of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) endurance upgrade rapid deployment capability.

The TCS can be configured in racks for ship-based operations, shelterized as a land-based system, or integrated into a shelter on land vehicles such as the HMMWV. TCS is the Navy's UAV ground-control station for the VTUAV program as an associate contractor to Northrop Grumman.

There are five levels of TCS functionality. levels I and II enable receipt of imagery. levels III and IV provide command and control of the air vehicle and payload and imagery receipt. level V provides command-and-control, payload control, imagery receipt, and the ability to take off and land.

For more information contact Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems online at www.raytheon.com/businesses/riis, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems at www.as.northropgrumman.com, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.

Follow Military & Aerospace Electronics and Avionics Intelligence news updates on Twitter


Get All the Military Aerospace Electronics News Delivered to Your Inbox or Your Mailbox

Subscribe to Military Aerospace Electronics Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest information on:


  • C4ISR
  • Cyber Security
  • Embedded Computing
  • Unmanned Vehicles

Military & Aerospace Photos

Most Popular Articles

Webcasts

Harsh Environment Protection for Advanced Electronics and Components

This webinar will offer an opportunity to learn more about ultra-thin Parylene conformal coatings – how they are applied, applications they protect today, and the properties and benefits they offer, includin...

New Design Tools That Help You Develop Radar That Sees the Un-seeable and Detects the Undetectable

Xilinx EW/ISR System Architect, Luke Miller, has new tricks and he’s going to tell you all about them in a new Xilinx Webinar—for free. His Webinar will cover new ways to implement Radar functions including ...
Sponsored by:

Press Releases

CURTISS-WRIGHT AWARDED CONTRACT BY SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has received a contract from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to supply its small form factor ...

Innovative Integration Announces the FMC-Servo

Camarillo, CA June 19, 2015, Innovative Integration, a trusted supplier of signal processing and data acquisition hardware and software solutions, today announced the FMC-S...

METADATA SUPPORT ENHANCES INDUSTRY-LEADING HD VIDEO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FROM CURTISS-WRIGHT

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has further enhanced its innovative VRD1 high definition (HD) video management system (VMS) w...

All Access Sponsors


Mil & Aero Magazine

August 2015
Volume 26, Issue 8
file

Download Our Apps



iPhone

iPad

Android

Follow Us On...



Newsletters

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information
SUBSCRIBE

Cyber Security

Monthly newsletter covering cyber warfare, cyber security, information warfare, and information security technologies, products, contracts, and procurement opportunities
SUBSCRIBE

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers
SUBSCRIBE

Electronic Warfare

Quarterly newsletter covering technologies and applications in electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and spectrum warfare.
SUBSCRIBE

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications
SUBSCRIBE

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles
SUBSCRIBE