[Aviation Today February 4, 2014] Raytheon
is beginning the third phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program.
DARPA has exercised the Phase 3 option of the 18-month $25.5 million program to deploy software that could enable ground troops to receive close air support faster by improving coordination among joint terminal attack controllers, airborne sensors and weapons, Raytheon
said. PCAS improves human-machine interfaces for ground and air personal with autonomous algorithms in the decision chain and digitally generated situational awareness alerts.
The program was originally designed for the A-10 Thunderbolt and was expanded in 2013 to include a platform-agnostic version of PCAS.