receivers, according to a Raytheon
TCN, essentially a software
application that can work across
different communications systems,
“allows every tactical commander
to view the same operational picture,” sharply improving situational awareness, Shampine said.
The Seventh Fleet staff lobbied
to keep TCN on the amphibs
through the current fiscal year and
has recommended it be adopted as a
program of record, she said, thereby
allowing the Navy to acquire and
deploy it fleetwide.
The Missile Defense Agency
signed a contract in December to
use TCN as its integration framework after testing the software in a
number of exercises.
Since May, Raytheon has invested its own funds to build on TCN’s
technology to develop Jfires.
The new system combines TCN’s
integration technology with Raytheon’s “hardware-in-the-loop facilities” which comprise the operational systems and software packages used in its different business
sectors to develop and test its products before fielding.
Raytheon has used TCN’s networking technology and the firm’s
enhanced digital simulation capabilities to link its hardware-in-the-loop
facilities with actual military operating systems to conduct three demonstrations of the Jfires concept.
The December exercise created a
“multitheater, multiservice Single
Integrated Air Picture (SIAP) capability” to conduct integrated fire-control engagements by the Army’s
Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, and the Navy’s Standard
Missiles- 2 and - 3 and Evolved SeaSparrow Missile
against simulated cruise- and ballistic-missile threats.
The missiles employed in the test are built by
“We integrated Army, Navy and Missile Defense
Agency assets in a very complex scenario,” Shampine
said. “And we demonstrated how this capability …
generates and maintains a common network picture”
USS Shiloh launches a Standard Missile- 3 during a Missile Defense Agency/U.S.
Navy test against a ballistic missile target in July 2006. In a more recent demonstration of the so-called “Jfires” concept, the Navy’s Standard Missiles- 2 and - 3
and Evolved SeaSparrow Missile, were among the assets that took part in integrated fire-control engagements against simulated cruise and ballistic missile threats.
and manages data flow among a wide array of sensors
and fire-control systems.
The demonstration was based on government-developed scenarios taking place in areas of responsibility for the Pacific and Northern commands and
involved more than 50 sensor nodes and monitored
thousands of weapon tracks, both friendly and hostile.
The Jfires demonstrations were staged in cooperation
with the Joint SIAP System Engineering Organization,