Raytheon selects Aurora for DARPA programme
Aurora Flight Sciences today announced that it has been selected by Raytheon as a team member for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) programme. The company made the announcement in a 16 February 2012 company statement.
Raytheon's PCAS solution aims to develop technologies that significantly reduce the timeline for close air support through improved coordination among Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), airborne sensors and weapon systems. According to Aurora, it has been selected to lead the air vehicle platform section, and will be responsible for leveraging its extensive unmanned systems technology to develop an unmanned version of the Air Force’s A-10 aircraft for demonstrating the PCAS technology.
Raytheon’s PCAS team members also include Rockwell Collins and GE Aviation. PCAS will incorporate a ‘system-of-systems’ approach to demonstrate the ability to digitally task a Close Air Support (CAS) platform from the ground. Raytheon will use an open architecture approach to enable the PCAS technology to be utilised in future command and control systems.
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