Raytheon develops virtual software factory for the military

6 August 2019 (Last Updated August 6th, 2019 11:06)

Raytheon has developed a virtual software factory to accelerate the development of military software in order to help build counter-threat capabilities for the armed forces.

Raytheon develops virtual software factory for the military
Raytheon software developers working on military and space programs now have access to the same coding tools and facilities used in the consumer technology world. Credit: Raytheon Company.

Raytheon has developed a virtual software factory to accelerate the development of military software in order to help build counter-threat capabilities for the armed forces.

The software factory consists of a mix of physical coding spaces, Cloud-based tools, and software experts.

It will seek to quickly provide new capabilities to the military.

Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services vice-president Todd Probert said: “In a world where threats evolve fast, software must evolve faster. The average consumer can expect to get new apps every day, why can’t soldiers expect the same?”

The company says that the virtual software factory was developed in response to calls by military leaders for a change in how software is developed by following the approach used by the consumer technology industry.

Raytheon has stated that the factory will allow it to adopt modern software development methods, such as Agile and DevOps, across the company’s programmes.

One of the key tools offered by the virtual factory includes a Cloud-based toolset known as ‘pipeline-in-a-box’.

The tool has the ability to automate all the steps in the software delivery process.

Another benefit of the virtual tool is that it can start integrating code, run automated tests, check for cyber vulnerabilities, and deploy software to production.

The adoption of the ‘virtual’ toolset does not require special equipment or new construction.

The firm is also building training rooms, known as dojos, to improve collaboration in many of its facilities, including one in its Cityline location outside Dallas.

Raytheon has also embarked on a programme to build more advanced coding hubs called foundries.

The first such foundry is being built at the company’s Indianapolis factory.

Raytheon IIS contracts and supply chain vice-president Dave Broadbent said: “Our Indianapolis foundry will feature a modern coding space, with paired-programming stations, game areas, and small huddle rooms.

“It’s not what people might expect from a traditional defence contractor, but this facility and the ones that will follow are going to help us recruit and retain the best software talent.”