Raytheon Receives the Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award for the AFATDS.PALO ALTO Palo Alto, city, California
Palo Alto (păl`ō ăl`tō), city (1990 pop. 55,900), Santa Clara co., W Calif.; inc. 1894. Although primarily residential, Palo Alto has aerospace, electronics, and advanced research industries. , Calif. -- Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, U.S. Tactical Military Communications Military communications, or Signals, is a field of military activities, tactics and equipment dealing with communications. First of all, military communications are battlefield (combat) communications, including intercommunication with a higher command or country's Market, selected Raytheon as the recipient of the 2005 Technology Leadership Award for its Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS AFATDS Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (US Army)
AFATDS Army Field Artillery Tactical Data System (US Army)
AFATDS Air Force Airborne Tactical Data System (USAF) ). AFATDS is a multi-service combined forces fire support command and control battle command system for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.
Each year, a company that demonstrates excellence in technology leadership within its industry receives this Award. The recipient has demonstrated technology leadership by excelling in all stages of the technology life cycle.
AFATDS provides fully automated support for planning, coordinating, controlling, and supporting fire Noun 1. supporting fire - fire delivered by supporting units to protect or assist a unit in combat
firing, fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of . It complements weapons such as mortars, field artillery cannons, close air support, attack helicopters, guided missiles, and naval surface fire.
AFATDS is also a fire support "server" to local area networks and Tactical Internet clients. It is used in all U.S. Army echelons from weapons platoon to corps and in the Marine Corps from firing battery to Marine Expeditionary Force The largest Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) and the Marine Corps principal warfighting organization, particularly for larger crises or contingencies. It is task-organized around a permanent command element and normally contains one or more Marine divisions, Marine aircraft wings, and Headquarters. AFATDS is also installed aboard U.S. Navy amphibious ships.
AFATDS conducts fire missions using distributed processing The first term used to describe the distribution of multiple computers throughout an organization in contrast to a centralized system. It started with the first minicomputers. Today, distributed processing is called "distributed computing." See also client/server. capabilities. While these missions flow through the fire support chain, AFATDS matches the target attack criteria with the optimal weapon systems.
"The automation provided by AFATDS offers the right mix of firing platforms and munitions mu·ni·tion
War materiel, especially weapons and ammunition. Often used in the plural.
tr.v. mu·ni·tioned, mu·ni·tion·ing, mu·ni·tions
To supply with munitions. to defeat enemy targets," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Brad Curran. "AFATDS also helps control assets and allocate resources by supporting personnel assignments, collecting and forwarding intelligence information, and controlling supply and maintenance functions."
Raytheon adheres rigidly to defense standards while guiding the development of the AFATDS software. By using the Capability Maturity Model process, the Integrated Product Development System, and adding new functions, it met nearly 5000 system needs and 8500 software requirements on schedule and on budget.
"AFATDS' robust communications architecture can provide common understanding of the fire support situation to the entire operations theater and ensures that fire support weapons are used effectively," observes Curran. "With AFATDS, commanders can spot the location of every fire support platform on the battlefield, its ammunition status, its range capability, and the available response time."
Raytheon's proactive leadership in developing tactical mobile networks has rightly earned it the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award.
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