Enabling Multi-Domain Information Dominance
Raytheon’s ARCHIMEDES™ radar is built on a foundation of more than 40 years of Raytheon and government radar technology investment. ARCHIMEDES shares 90 percent commonality with the Department of Defense’s latest-generation in-production wide area surveillance radar, making it low risk and affordable.
Open Systems Architecture
ARCHIMEDES uses a Modular Open System Architecture approach compliant with the Air Force’s OMS Standard and Common Open Architecture Radar Program Specification. This allows for third party products, applications, and modes to be integrated into the system without the need for originating prime contractor or subcontractor involvement. ARCHIMEDES will enable operators to upgrade software more quickly and more affordably. It also allows the government to own the technical baseline. Raytheon was an Air Force’s OMS Consortium charter member and open systems community leader for more than a decade.
The U.S. Air Force’s 17-plane E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS, fleet’s ability to monitor enemy ground movements over very wide areas, while seeing through problematic weather conditions, has made it an invaluable contributor to every U.S. military ground campaign during the last 25 years. Initially deployed in 1991 to participate in Operation Desert Storm, JSTARS is undergoing a recapitalization effort, announced in 2014, to replace the aging fleet and beef up its ability to detect threats, process data and distribute information.
Raytheon is offering its ARCHIMEDES radar as the wide area surveillance sensor for the recapitalization fleet.
Given its commonality with the DoD’s in-production wide area surveillance radar, ARCHIMEDES is significantly more mature than most development programs at this phase. That maturity provides the opportunity for early delivery and a path to an accelerated initial operating capability. Raytheon’s flight tests demonstrate ARCHIMEDES meets or exceeds key JSTARS Recap requirements. Raytheon has used this flight test data to conduct simulated JSTARS missions with the Recap battle management command, control, and network configuration. Additionally, Raytheon is engaging independent third parties to deliver a common understanding of the current radar modes and open system architecture, new mode(s) development and associated tools and intellectual property.