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Raytheon begins next phase of close air support program

5 February 2014

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is beginning Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency´s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program.

DARPA has exercised its Phase 3 option with Raytheon, an 18-month, USD25.5m effort scheduled to culminate in a series of flight tests and live-fire demonstrations.

PCAS software could enable ground troops to receive close air support sooner by improving coordination among joint terminal attack controllers, airborne sensors and weapons. PCAS is designed to improve human-machine interfaces for both ground and air personnel by inserting autonomous algorithms in the decision chain, and digitally sending shared situational awareness messages.

Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, it provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Its website is at and on Twitter @Raytheon.


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