U.S. Army contracts with Raytheon for demo of mobile intel platform
STERLING, Va. Raytheon has won a U.S. Army contract that will allow it to demonstrate the company's commercially available mobile intelligence platform that enables soldiers to quickly collect and access information on the battlefield.
This commercial laptop-based platform -- called the FoXTEN -- is under consideration as a future mobile component of the Army's Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) system that enables deployed soldiers to collect, process, and display intelligence information from a variety of sources and sensors.
Under the contract awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Raytheon is set to demonstrate its FoXTEN software product, which can be loaded onto a commercially procured laptop and then easily deployed and used by soldiers operating in the field. FoXTEN quickly connects warfighters to intelligence from various sources, giving them the real-time information they need to make mission decisions across all battle domains.
"Our system is intuitive, easy to use and only takes eight hours of training compared to the current system," said Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "It's also completely open, allowing the Army to integrate new capabilities from any developer. The system is designed from the ground up to be easily upgraded so our soldiers always have the best technology and intelligence in their hands."
The Army is slated to conduct a series of operational tests on the FoXTEN software over the coming year before making a final purchase decision.