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
"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.
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