ThalesRaytheonSystems to Provide Upgrade for Battle Control System

Sep 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from ThalesRaytheonSystems

    FULLERTON, Calif., Sept. 6, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- ThalesRaytheonSystems
 has received a $25.6 million contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with
 capability upgrades to the Battle Control System-Fixed (BCS-F) for Air
 Combat Command, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense) and Air Forces
 Northern (AFNORTH).
     "Having common software and a common human-machine interface between
 the fixed and mobile communities will reduce development, testing, and
 training costs for the Air Force," said Daniel De Sollar, director of
 ThalesRaytheonSystems Air C2 Systems in the U.S. "The upgrades will not
 only ensure a common look and feel between today's BCS-F and the mobile
 command and control variant, but they will also convert to the Linux
 operating system in order to take advantage of the latest hardware
     BCS is the next-generation air sovereignty command and control system
 operated by NORAD, U.S. Northern Command, and Pacific Command. The BCS
 mission is to control the airspace over the continental U.S., Alaska,
 Hawaii and Canada. It serves as the early warning mechanism in the vital
 U.S. homeland defense mission.
     As prime contractor, ThalesRaytheonSystems provides advanced technology
 that features increased sensor capacity while improving interoperability
 among hundreds of legacy sensors, including more types of radars than any
 other Air Force system. It correlates and fuses data from airborne, ground,
 naval and civil air traffic sensors into an integrated air picture that
 allows commanders to monitor the airspace above, beyond and within the U.S.
 and Canadian borders.
     "This latest spiral gives the Air Force the foundation for higher
 performance hardware, with improved human-machine interface, that supports
 the objective of common software for BCS Fixed and Mobile," said Kim Kerry,
 ThalesRaytheonSystems chief executive officer for U.S. Operations.
     ThalesRaytheonSystems is an equally owned transatlantic joint venture
 between Raytheon Company and Thales Group. ThalesRaytheonSystems is a
 worldwide supplier of air defense command and control centers and
 ground-based radars. The company's annual revenue is $800 million, and it
 employs 1,400 people.
     In the United States:
     Krista Roos
     In Europe:
     Matt Pothecary

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