Ready to fight tonight
Raytheon enables U.S. Army readiness with missiles, cyber, rifle sights and training
From hardening defense systems against intruders to protecting critical infrastructure and data, Raytheon has a longstanding history of offering the most effective shields against cyber threats. The company is well-positioned to ready the cyber warrior of the future, having trained every U.S. Army soldier at more than 500 sites across the globe over nearly a decade.
The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia, is training soldiers for cyberspace — the newest battlefield. According to Bill Leigher, a former admiral and director of Raytheon’s government cyber programs, conducting a cyber operation should come as easily as using a rifle.
"Bringing cyber to the front lines requires making the capability scalable and usable by soldiers,” Leigher said. “This means integrating current keyboard-based tradecraft into cyber weapons systems that soldiers can be trained to use in the battlespace. This will put cyber weapons in the hands of those who need them most: soldiers on the front lines.”
Javelin Weapon System
In August, the Army unveiled Javelin anti-armor missiles for the Stryker fighting vehicle.
Raytheon engineers developed the electronics interface that enables the missile to equip not only ground vehicles, but also marine and aviation craft.
The Stryker/Javelin combination will give the Army’s 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Europe the ability to maneuver and defeat enemy armored threats in a way they haven’t done before.
Fire control is traditionally associated with tanks, drones, aircraft and ships, where many components work together to hit a target. Raytheon’s digital fire-control system will allow a shooter to engage faster, with better accuracy.
“Digital capabilities change the game,” said Ricky Freeman of Raytheon Optical Technologies, a former U.S. Marine.
The system, which weighs three pounds and measures three inches by four inches, is the only such system small enough for assault rifles. It mounts onto the standard rail with a clamp, and it can be removed easily for use on other firearms.
Raytheon is developing the system for the Army. It could be available to soldiers as early as 2018.
“If you propose a technology and aren’t ready to present it in a fieldable environment, then you aren’t relevant,” Freeman said.
The U.S. Army is training to fight alongside its military allies, with more than 50 exercises in Europe.
To allow more allies to participate in exercises, Raytheon developed the Mobile Instrumentation System, which uses sensors, cameras and controllers to blend live and virtual training. It allows for multi-echelon training for commanders, staff and thousands of solders across borders.
Joint training means readiness, preparing the U.S. to move forward with its allies.
Whether it be on a physical battlefield or a digital space, the edge that will help determine victory against an opponent would be the readiness that Raytheon technology provides.