October 5, 2009
WASHINGTON, -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) debuted a 3rd-generation electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) Mast-Mounted System (MMS) to equip combat vehicles with greater standoff, strategic surveillance and targeting capabilities.
At the 2009 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Raytheon, in coordination with Lockheed Martin, featured an MMS on a new General Dynamics Land Systems wheeled combat vehicle demonstrator. The capability debut included an optimized work station inside the vehicle for improved situational awareness and joint, multimission support.
"Raytheon's Mast-Mounted System leverages investments and lessons learned from past Army modernization efforts to provide safe and responsive under-armor [operated from inside the vehicle], on-the-move reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capability," said Glynn Raymer, vice president, Raytheon Network Centric Systems Combat Systems. "We've also incorporated networking capability and architecture, and a common display to support incremental modernization across a number of platforms.
"In addition, our capability leverages the Army's latest 3rd-generation EO/IR technology to provide greater resolution and performance at extended ranges, day or night, in all types of weather and in harsh battlefield conditions," added Raymer.
Mounted on a five-meter (about 16 feet) telescopic mast, the MMS meets operational requirements for both Stryker reconnaissance and fire support mission role variants. The capability can be adapted for other ground combat vehicles requiring the next generation of surveillance and fire control to include the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP), MRAP-All Terrain Vehicle, Abrams, Bradley, and the emerging Ground Combat Vehicle and Joint Lightweight Tactical Vehicle.
An industry team is planning a wheeled combat vehicle demonstration to include MMS at the RECON Summit, Fort Knox, Ky., November 2009, and during the Army's Advanced Expeditionary Warfighting Experiment, Fort Benning, Ga., January 2010.