ONR awards Raytheon $11.8 million contract for work on sensor interconnectivity

TEWKSBURY, Mass. The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded Raytheon a contract worth $11.8 million to develop networking technologies that will enable enhanced sensor interconnectivity and improved integrated-fires capabilities for naval operations.

The network, called Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires (CIIF), will advance situational awareness for forcewide integrated air and missile defense. New and existing ships, planes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and expeditionary forces will communicate and share critical information across data links; these links connect one platform to another through radio frequency to transmit and receive digital information. says that CIIF provides a better flow of integrated-fires data, which supports higher-fidelity situational-awareness and data-dissemination capability across the battle force.

CIIF will leverage existing and planned sensor networking systems deployed onboard both naval ships and aircraft, and also in U.S. Marine Corps expeditionary systems and land-based test sites.

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