Raytheon to provide command and control for sensors and weapons in air- and missile-defense networking

March 17, 2023
Kit is part of the AIAMD, which integrates air- and missile-defense sensors, weapons, and mission command into an integrated fire-control system.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – U.S. Army air- and missile-defense experts needed a way to enable several sensors and weapons to communicate with battlefield command and control systems. They found their solution from Raytheon Technologies Corp.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., announced a $31.4 million order Wednesday to the Raytheon Missiles & Defense segment in Huntsville, Ala., to provide the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (AIAMD) Plug & Fight A-Kit.

This kit is part of the AIAMD, which integrates current and future air and missile defense sensors, weapons, and mission command technologies into an integrated fire-control system, which provides one integrated air picture for battlefield commanders.

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The Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) is the fire control and operational center that handles integrated air defense command and control. IBCS develops composite tracks from sensor, and helps aim anti-air weapons based off the composite track data.

The IBCS provides a common engagement operations center and data-sharing capability for the Army. The plug-and-fight kits network enables several sensor and weapon to communicate with the IBCS engagement operations center.

The AIAMD distributes fire-control data, commands, and messaging among air-defense components in near real-time to respond to enemy complex synchronized air attacks.

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Data for air- and missile-defense systems is self-healing with automatic fail-over and rapid reconfiguration, and enables extended-range and non-line-of-sight engagements of attacking air forces.

The AIAMD engagement operations center provide common integrated fire control. It includes a fire control network radio, and common software that fuses data, creates an integrated air picture, chooses weapons to fight-off air threats.

On this order Raytheon will do the work at locations to be determined with each order, and should be finished by March 2024. For more information contact Raytheon Missiles & Defense online at www.raytheonmissilesanddefense.com, or the Army Contracting Command-Redstone at https://acc.army.mil/contractingcenters/acc-rsa/.

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