Raytheon Team Successfully Integrates Coalition Sharing of ISR Data at Empire Challenge 2007

CHINA LAKE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) achieved several industry firsts in the sharing of intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) data between coalition, NATO countries and the United States...


CHINA LAKE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) achieved several industry firsts in the sharing of intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) data between coalition, NATO countries and the United States using the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) Integration Backbone (DIB).

At Empire Challenge 2007, Raytheon's successful effort showed a first for near real-time integration and data discovery retrieval for a 19-DIB enterprise. The enterprise was located across nine sites in six separate countries over four security domains sharing intelligence data with key coalition partners. Raytheon's High Speed Guard-Agatiya, the security product that protects information exchange between different security enclaves, provided a secure environment that enabled the vital data sharing.

Empire Challenge is an annual demonstration that evaluates intelligence collection and exploitation-dissemination capabilities for joint and coalition operations. This demonstration, which ran July 16 -- July 26, 2007 , was held at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake , Calif.

"This is a tremendous success; never before has there been such a large- scale intelligence sharing by any government service, agency or contractor," said Michael D. Keebaugh, president of Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems business. "The exercise dramatically demonstrated the government's ability to share ISR data with coalition countries through improved technologies in a post 9/11 world."

Additionally, Raytheon provided another first by populating metadata catalogs at coalition partner sites with information extracted from streaming video from the Global Broadcast System network.

The demonstration showed the enhancements of data sharing between DCGS services, enterprises, individual sites and different users in various forms of the DIB system over a service-oriented architecture. Agatiya, Raytheon's High Speed Guard, successfully transferred U-2, ATARS (the Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System) and F-22 Raptor imagery and unclassified streaming video to U.S., coalition and NATO networks during the exercise.

Raytheon also provided two DIB-based mobile systems for use in other countries, successfully demonstrating DCGS interoperability with the U.S. DIB systems as well as other coalition DIBs. In addition, Raytheon integrated the capability to use AFATDS (the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System) into the DCGS system to perform target weapon pairing to select the right effect for engaging the right target at the right time.

Raytheon Company, with 2006 sales of $20.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 85 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

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