The US Air Force Research Laboratory has asked Raytheon to demonstrate target recognition technology designed to increase protection for ground forces, without compounding risk to an aircraft stalking enemies who threaten those forces.

Raytheon says it will show how its Air-to-Ground Radar Imaging II programme would permit aircraft at a safe distance to detect, track and target hostile forces in motion on the ground.

The company will demonstrate the technology in a laboratory in autumn this year, followed by a flight next spring aboard a Raytheon test aircraft.

Advanced high-resolution radar can monitor activity from distances of more than 50 miles.

Raytheon expects the demonstrations to prove software the company developed for a target recognition system mounted on a manned or unmanned aircraft will permit current radar technology to accomplish this new mission.

By staff writer