Special Mission Aircraft (SMA)

Delivering Actionable Intelligence

Now more than ever, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance play a critical role in providing military and civilian leaders the information they need to make the right decisions in near real-time.

The global threat environment is complex: cutting through clutter and making sense of thousands of data points requires an evolved special mission aircraft with multiple-intelligence capabilities at its core.

Multiple Intelligence Capability
Raytheon’s approach offers multiple modes of intelligence collection and analysis, or Multi-INT, including combined intelligence, multiple views, and layered surveillance and reconnaissance imagery. The data is distributed through secure data links to ground stations and networked platforms, making near real-time actionable intelligence available to multiple users.

Customized Global Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solutions
The capabilities provided in our Customized Global Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or ISR, packages fully support C5ITM, RSTA, ISR&T and ISTAR mission requirements. Raytheon’s proven sensors offer multiple capabilities—synthetic aperture radar, ground moving target indicator, electro-optical and infrared—to scan large geographic areas and provide decision makers with high-resolution imagery and data in near real-time. We integrate these capabilities with airborne signal intelligence sensors, multi-INT ground systems and sensors from a diverse set of suppliers to deliver best-value ISR capabilities to our customers

The Shadow R1 tactical C4ISTAR solution (left) used by UK Ministry of Defence.  The Sentinel R1 aircraft (right) also in service with the UK Ministry of Defence.
The Shadow R1 tactical C4ISTAR solution (left) for the UK Ministry of Defence uses an innovative airborne mission management system. (right) The Sentinel R1 aircraft is capable of conventional war-fighting operations, as well as humanitarian assistance.

Smarter Decision-Making
Every special mission aircraft operator needs a reliable mission systems solution. OverseerTM, a next-generation, open-architecture sensor management system is built on Raytheon’s unmatched expertise in sensors, communications and multiple platform integration. Overseer provides overarching situational awareness and data visualization from all sensors, giving the operator the ability to correlate data and overlay information on a single map.

Proven End-to-End Experience
Our exportable technology includes radars and integrated sensor suites in use today on numerous military platforms around the world. Our broad-ranging experience includes a variety of special mission aircraft; key unmanned aerial systems including Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk; the P-8A Poseidon multi-mission aircraft; and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which delivers non-traditional ISR mission support.