New Raytheon software translates modern weapons for legacy aircraft

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has developed the Envoyâ„¢ software solution to quickly and affordably integrate newer weapons onto legacy aircraft, the company said.

Integration of non-Universal Armament Interface (UAI) weapons was previously expensive and time consuming, requiring changes to aircraft operational flight programs — a very costly process that can take years. Envoy, formerly known as Interface Bridge, will provide numerous integration options for UAI weapons without costly hardware changes.

Envoy has been completely funded by Raytheon to provide more affordable, easier integration. It is adaptable across various platforms, carriage systems and platform-to-weapon interfaces.

Envoy is adaptable software and an optional hardware suite that will provide a communication bridge between MIL-STD-1760 and Miniature Munition Store Interface (MMSI) weapon interfaces. This functionality will allow legacy platforms to communicate with new, UAI type weapons. Envoy allows conversion between the physical layer (MIL-STD-1760 / MMS), and converts legacy interfaces into the UAI message set so that advanced weapons can receive initialization and tasking messages.

Raytheon, with 2015 sales of USD23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, provides technology and innovation in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.