Technology Today

2010 Issue 2

Al Coit

Engineering Profiles

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Hector Reyes
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Jeff Hoffner
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Al Coit
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Jean Huie Imholt
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BJ Simpson
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Engineering Profiles

Al Coit Missile Systems Lead, ATR Enterprise Campaign Director, Mission Systems Solutions

Al Coit has more than 20 years experience in weapon system development, scientific research and program management. His technical background includes automatic tar­get recognition (ATR) and tracking algorithms, infrared systems and laser systems. He led the ATR Enterprise Campaign (EC), and is the direc­tor of Mission System Solutions. Previously, Coit served as director of the Signal Processing Center in the Engineering functional organization.

ATR consists of complex signal processing on sensors, ground stations and weapons, coupled with advanced algorithms to find and track objects of interest, and determine if friend, neutral or combatant. According to Coit, cur­rent in-theater experience shows that significant challenges remain in this area. “It’s still difficult to strike targets that are hiding or using evasive tactics. The problem is compounded by adverse weather, complex terrain and urban battlefields, and asymmetric threats.

“Developing and demonstrating the next generation intelligence, surveillance and recon­naissance, targeting and weapon delivery algorithms is critical to growing Raytheon’s mar­ket share in sensing and effects, and continued recognition as a Mission Systems Integrator,” Coit noted. “Raytheon has much of the enabling technology and domain knowledge to address this critical issue for the warfighter. The ATR EC leverages expertise from across Raytheon to develop near-term technology enablers and mid-term disruptive innovations to address the difficult challenges of assured identification and persistent tracking.”

In addition to developing next-generation algo­rithms, the ATR EC eliminated duplicate efforts, catalogued best practices, conducted progres­sive capability demonstrations, and developed cross-domain dominance technologies. The team supported a wide range of pursuits and played a key role in several critical program wins.

Raytheon employees can find additional infor­mation on the ATR EC on Raytheon’s internal wiki pages.