Navy awards $60.4 million to Raytheon

Raytheon has today received two contracts worth $60.4 million to develop nine Co-operative Engagement Capability (CEC) ship self-defence systems for the US Navy.

The order includes shipboard systems, airborne systems, airborne system retrofit kits, an installation kit and spare parts. Now under contract are 102 CEC systems, 58 of which have been delivered.

Co-operative Engagement Capability (CEC) is a system of hardware and software that allows the sharing of radar data on air targets among ships. Radar data from individual ships of a naval battle group is transmitted to other ships in the group via a line-of-sight, data distribution system (DDS).

Each ship is said to use identical data processing algorithms resident in its co-operative engagement processor (CEP), resulting in each ship having essentially the same display of track information on aircraft and missiles.

An individual ship can launch an anti-air missile at a threat aircraft or anti-ship cruise missile within its engagement envelope, based on track data relayed to it by another ship.

CEC systems aboard the Nimitz battle group supported recent military operations in the Middle East.

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