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Raytheon Offers Low-cost Open Architecture for UAVs

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New Raytheon Unmanned Aircraft Systems Open Architecture Could Yield Cost Savings

(Source: Raytheon Company; issued August 18, 2011)

WASHINGTON --- Raytheon Company is developing a service-oriented architecture (SOA) framework capable of providing unmanned aircraft systems with a mechanism that enables rapid integration of weapons and sensors.

The SOA framework on a UAS is analogous to the hardware and operating system used by a tablet computer. A domain manager is analogous to a computer application. In this case, the framework provides the necessary infrastructure while the apps control the weapons, sensors, communications and other vital UAS mission-level functions.

"Raytheon's SOA solution could make expensive rewrites of UAS proprietary software a thing of the past," said Bob Francois, vice president of Advanced Missiles and Unmanned Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Our open, service-oriented infrastructure can exist separately from the flight-critical software of the UAS. Raytheon's system is plug and play, non-proprietary and platform independent."

Raytheon's framework resides on a computing platform sized to fit within the available space on a wide variety of unmanned aircraft. Raytheon has completed development of an effects domain manager for sensor and weapon integration and is creating other domain managers for key UAS functions.

Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.