Raytheon to develop weapons assessment tool for US MDA

19 February 2017 (Last Updated February 19th, 2017 18:30)

Raytheon has secured a contract to develop an automated tool for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to assess the effectiveness of missiles and interceptors (kinetic) and cyber and electronic warfare (non-kinetic) weapons.

Raytheon has secured a contract to develop an automated tool for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to assess the effectiveness of missiles and interceptors (kinetic) and cyber and electronic warfare (non-kinetic) weapons.

Awarded under MDA's Advanced Technology Innovation Broad Agency Announcement, the contract will see the company develop the system as part of its Coordinated Cyber / Electronic Warfare Integrated Fires (CCEWIF) programme.

The programme uses analytics to assess the probabilities of success within combat scenarios, using a mix of kinetic and non-kinetic options, Raytheon stated.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services mission support and modernisation vice-president Todd Probert said: "This really is a first-of-its-kind tool that brings together automation, analytics and cyber capabilities.

"This really is a first-of-its-kind tool that brings together automation, analytics and cyber capabilities."

"This unique programme will give our military an edge in today's digital battlespace when seconds count and they need options and answers fast."

The system will be designed to teach participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario to maximise chances of success.

The CCEWIF wargame tool will use real-world data about threats and kinetic and non-kinetic effects to generate realistic simulations.

It can be used to provide probabilities of success when using different cyber, electronic warfare and munition options to take out an enemy ballistic missile before, during and after launch, according to the statement.

Raytheon plans to deliver an initial CCEWIF wargame tool by early 2018.