Raytheon Co. has awarded GE Aviation a contract to provide stores management services intended to let U.S. military air controllers more easily call in air strikes to protect ground forces, Avionics Intelligence reported Sunday.
John Keller writes Grand Rapids, Mich.-based GE Aviation will work to develop a stores and payload controller for unmanned aerial vehicles under the second phase of the Persistent Close Air Support contract.
The U.S. Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aim for the PCAS program to help joint terminal attack controllers request and mobilize air support strikes by using UAV-connected digital equipment, according to the report.
Raytheon“™s Tucson, Ariz.-based missile systems business unit will work to build that equipment and the PCAS platform will comprise of an internal navigation technology, stores and engagement management system and data transfer features, Avionics Intelligence reports.
Todd Caccamo, business director for avionics systems at GE Aviation, told the publication the stores and payload controller contains standard architecture for existing and future stores.
GE executives also told Avionics Intelligence the company intends to integrate software applications into its integrated modular avionics system for the planned flight and live-fire tests after the contract“™s third phase.