Raytheon's 5th generation hull mounted sonar to enable anti-submarine,
Applies underwater sensing expertise to DARPA's unmanned vessel program
TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 12, 2013
TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)
was awarded a sub-contract from Science Applications International Corporation
(SAIC) to deliver its first 5th generation medium frequency hull mounted sonar
system as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program.
According to the U.S. Navy, 43 nations operate more than 600 submarines; the
steady increase in undersea vessels makes tracking a challenge. Raytheon's
Modular Scalable Sonar System (MS^3) will integrate into SAIC's prototype
trimaran vessel as the primary search and detection sonar. The system ^ is
designed to provide search, detection, passive-threat filtering, localization
and tracking capabilities without requiring human operation.
MS^3 enables anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and undersea warfare with
capabilities such as active and passive search, torpedo detection and
alertment, and small object avoidance. Data from multiple sonars may be fed to
a central command and control node, providing a common operating picture as
part of the ASW mission. By integrating a host of capabilities in a single
sonar system, Raytheon delivers an affordable solution that addresses critical
"Historically, manned sonars were central to anti-submarine warfare missions.
However, the growing number of submarines traversing the world's oceans makes
this model unsustainable," said Joe Biondi, vice president of Advanced
Technology for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "By leveraging
Raytheon's heritage in developing undersea sensors, MS^3 can be configured to
provide the capabilities required for ASW in an autonomous environment."
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art
electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas
of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence
systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is
headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at
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