Raytheon to supply WiFi-linked hand-helds to improve air-to-ground operations

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has announced it has been awarded a USD 48m engineering service contract to support the integration and qualification of hand-held devices into platform-mounted WiFi systems, the company said.

Loaded with situational awareness and mission planning applications, the mobile devices will improve air-to-ground communication between combat teams, enhancing situational awareness as the mission unfolds.

The contract is part of the US Army´s Air Soldier System (Air SS), the service´s effort to equip their rotary-wing aircrews with wearable electronics that increase their mission effectiveness and survivability.

Under the contract, Raytheon will load mission applications on commercial off-the-shelf phones and tablets to allow air and ground users to access and share current weather updates, friendly force trackers, and secure text messages.

Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of USD 27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.