Raytheon Company, headquartered in Waltham, Mass., has upgraded the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) nodes for the Kansas and Indiana Air National Guard with the latest net-centric, cost-efficient and service-interoperable capabilities, the company announced Tuesday.
The DCGS upgrade allows the Guard's 181st and 184th Intelligence Wings to process data from the Predator, Global Hawk and U2 aircraft. The upgrade provides a two-fold increase in imagery processing capability and also gives the Air Force DCGS enterprise more capacity and flexibility for high-altitude missions, reducing operating and maintenance costs as well as costs associated with future upgrades.
"The Kansas and Indiana DCGS upgrades streamline the intelligence-sharing process, making it more operationally efficient, and establish an open-system architecture that is more affordable to maintain and upgrade," said Todd Trapp, director of Tactical Intelligence Solutions for Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems business.
Additionally, Air Force and Army users will have access to each other's data, which will make intelligence gathering and command and control of ISR situational awareness more effective.