Raytheon has entered a new partnership agreement to integrate Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology into its product family.

Persistent’s Wave Relay technology is an advanced MANET solution that is capable of quickly and continuously adapting to fluctuations in terrain and other challenging environments in order to optimise connectivity and communication performance.

Under the agreement, which has a performance period of five years, Persistent has already commenced the integration of its solution across Raytheon’s family of manned and unmanned systems and sensors.

Raytheon Advanced Concepts official John Hobday said: “Over the next five years, the battlefield will experience a transformational infusion of autonomy, collaborative behaviours, swarming, and artificial intelligence.

“The advanced systems that Raytheon is developing will improve situational awareness, protect our soldiers, and make them more effective.”

“A scalable, dynamic, peer-to-peer communication system with edge computing will provide the foundation on which these technologies will be built.”

The Embedded Module provided by Persistent Systems is easy to integrate and offers increased capability.

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This will allow Raytheon to support and accelerate its development efforts, with an aim to launch new and advanced products in the market.

Persistent chief executive officer Herbert Rubens said: “Persistent’s vision is to empower the soldier via the network.

“The real winner today is the soldier on the ground. As industry leaders, such as Raytheon, incorporate Wave Relay technology into their systems and sensors, the soldiers gain massively increased capability without having to carry any additional weight.

“The advanced systems that Raytheon is developing will improve situational awareness, protect our soldiers, and make them more effective.”