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Patriot system turning to gaming interface

19th June 2019 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London

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On 17 June, Raytheon announced that it is integrating a Warfighter-Machine Interface (WMI) into an upcoming Patriot upgrade called PDB 8.1.

WMI is intended to allow complex data to be viewed in a simpler, easier to understand way. It replaces pixelated shapes and a complex directory system with 3D visuals, status pages and search functions. Testing carried out by Raytheon showed that the WMI improves soldier reaction time, and reduces the time taken to train soldiers to operate the Patriot system.

Raytheon is constantly enhancing, upgrading and modernising Patriot to ensure it can outpace evolving threats,’ said Tom Laliberty, Raytheon Integrated Defense System's vice president of integrated air and missile defense. ‘Incorporating WMI into PDB 8.1 leverages the latest technological advances to provide the 16 members of the Patriot partnership a user interface with a total view of their respective battlespace.’

The US Army took the decision in 2018 to utilise WMI across all of its Patriot platforms at both the battalion- and battery-level command and control, including 60 fire units and 15 battalion headquarters. Initial operational capability for PDB 8.1 with WMI is expected to be reached in 2022.

When other Patriot nations upgrade their platforms, WMI will be automatically included.

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