Raytheon Company has today been awarded a $14.6 million contract to develop new image processing technology for the Advanced Distributed Aperture System. The new processor will enhance the system’s high-resolution imagery while the technology upgrade includes thermal sensing cameras and a next-generation helmet-mounted display subsystem.
The capabilities enable full-spherical situational awareness in daytime or total darkness, supporting safer flight operations in environments of degraded visibility. ADAS is a multispectral technology that gives helicopter pilots 360-degree situational awareness, improving aircraft and crew survivability when operating in low visibility conditions.
“The deployment of Raytheon’s ADAS technology will directly affect the lives of those in combat,” said Tim Carey, vice president for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “This next-generation technology will process images faster, allowing aircrews to achieve their mission objectives quickly and with the lowest possible risk.”