Raytheon has demonstrated enhanced long-range electronic identification technology that will help soldiers distinguish friend from foe during the heat of battle.

As part of the US Army-sponsored combat identification technology demonstration, the company has integrated its target validation system (TVS) technology with a long-range advanced scout surveillance system (LRAS3).

Raytheon Network Centric Systems Combat Systems senior director Brad Hollenberg said the TVS technology can identify friendly targets covered by tree lines and under adverse conditions such as fog and smoke in the combat field.

“Our electronic target validation technology can reliably identify friendly targets in less than a second at long ranges and well within the operator’s normal target engagement cycle,” he said.

The technology uses very low power, is encrypted for covert full-spectrum contingency operations, and complements LRAS3 and other tactical stand-off surveillance and targeting systems.

The highly directional TVS can be operated from moving and stationary platforms to provide near-real-time feedback to the soldier during target engagements. It is also interoperable with systems used by Nato and coalition partners.

Raytheon will integrate the TVS technology on a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) to demonstrate operability under live fire conditions as part of the US Army’s light vehicle demonstration (LVD) programme.