[Avionics Today 02-17-2015] The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $15.5 million contract to provide its fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft with an open system application-based architecture (ABA). Under the new contract, Raytheon will deliver two prototype ABA systems featuring software-based mission applications and services-oriented architecture and airborne Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) computing capabilities.
Boeing P-8A Poseidon in-flight. Photo: Boeing.
"The goal is to use readily available technology to quickly upgrade the P-8A's warfighting capability," said Jerry Powlen, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems' vice president of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. "This open systems architecture can easily be used for other domestic and international customers looking to affordably enhance their airborne platforms."