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Raytheon aids DARPA effort to improve battlefield airspace management

12th February 2021 - 11:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US company will create software and sensors for de-conflicting friendly air assets and tracking airborne platforms.

Raytheon is to research, develop, test and demonstrate an Airspace Tactical Automation System (ATLAS) for DARPA.

Under a $7.58 million contract announced by the DoD on 10 February, Raytheon will test airspace management systems and algorithms for airspace planning. It will also develop a sensor network for delivering ‘real-time spatial and temporal tracking of airborne platforms’, including UAVs.

ATLAS supports first-phase work on the Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution (ASTARTE) programme.

Launched by DARPA in 2020, ASTARTE is intended to de-conflict joint air operations and help military personnel generate a common operational picture of airspace in potentially cluttered A2/AD environments.

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