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Raytheon missile warning data processing system declared operational

7th May 2024 - 16:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


The Raytheon ground element can process data from OPIR space vehicles. (Image: Raytheon)

Raytheon’s Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution Mission Data Processing Application Framework (FORGE MDPAF) is designed as a modular and adaptable framework to provide integration of mission focused applications to handle information from satellites.

Raytheon’s system to process, exploit and disseminate information from the US Space Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) constellation, used to provide space-based missile warning, has been declared as operational.

FORGE MDPAF is used to process Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) satellite data from both the SBIRS constellation and the future Next Gen OPIR constellation, as well as processing data from other civil and environmental sensors.

In January this year, Raytheon Intelligence & Space was awarded a contract to develop a prototype Missile Track Custody (MTC) system, the service’s first medium Earth orbit (MEO) missile tracking capability, this will also use FORGE MDPAF.

In 2020 Raytheon was awarded a US$197 million contract from USAF contract to design the system which generates warnings, alerts and other information for combatants and eventually, civilian first responders and researchers.

At the time of the 2020 contract award, a company official noted that “the US government's global satellite network produces a constant flood of data — petabytes and petabytes of it every day.

“Essentially, this is a smartphone model,” the official said. “We've built an operating system that everyone can build applications for – from Raytheon to the USAF to universities to small companies. These applications allow the system to process specific types of data.”

An example noted by the company is that an application could be built that would allow civil agencies to use the same satellite data to help detect forest fires, volcanic activity, agricultural changes and even surges in electric power consumption.

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