In June 2022, a team of more than two dozen Raytheon Intelligence & Space employees traveled to Andersen Air Force Base on the island’s north end for three weeks to support Valiant Shield ’22, an exercise held every two years for the U.S. armed services to strengthen their ability to operate together across domains.
“Valiant Shield ’22 focused on machine-to-machine and multi-domain architecture to enable command decisions in seconds – not days,” said Conn Doherty, vice president of Future Assured Systems and Technology for Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business. “We’ve got our capability to the edge – showing it is feasible today, and that we can deploy it tomorrow.”
Along with the team, RI&S sent its Raytheon Multi-program Testbed, or RMT, to provide sensing, processing and communications capabilities to the Joint Force. The RMT is a re-imagined Boeing 727 modified to carry, integrate and test cutting-edge sensors and systems across the electro-optical and electromagnetic spectrum.
“The RMT allows us to develop new technologies – ‘bar-napkin’ ideas – get them airborne, and see what works and what doesn’t,” said Rob Swaringen, RI&S flight test chief engineer. “It’s our business unit’s primary flying testbed in which we can take multiple, cutting-edge systems in-flight to develop and demonstrate our capabilities in operationally relevant events, like Valiant Shield.”
During one Valiant Shield exercise, the RMT used radar and electronic sensors to detect and identify a simulated threat at sea. Onboard processors then synthesized the data in seconds, calculated a targeting response and passed it autonomously to the tactical platforms tasked with defeating the target. To do that, the RMT, along with a KC-135 aircraft, a four-ship formation of U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighters and a command-and-control station on the U.S. mainland shared data rapidly in an environment that simulated a highly contested battlespace.