Raytheon Unveils Prototype ISR System to Canadian Army

Published: 31 May 2012 | Author: Mike Rees

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, recently unveiled its Light Armoured Vehicle Reconnaissance Surveillance System (LRSS) prototype to the Canadian Army in Ottawa, Ontario.

LAV-III Armoured Vehicle

Raytheon designed the LRSS to fit into the Canadian Army’s Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV)-III to provide improved flexibility allowing on-the-move intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The innovative design permits the LAV-III to create high-fidelity actionable information at the point of collection inside the vehicle — and report digital ISR information directly to the base commander. The ability to obtain critical information in real time can improve operator effectiveness and reduce workload.

“Raytheon believes that on-the-move reconnaissance and surveillance is a game changer for the Canadian Army,” stated Rudolph Lewis, RTSC Depot Support Systems product line director. “This, coupled with the ability to conduct on-board imagery exploitation and to receive auto-cueing information from unmanned aerial vehicles and unattended ground sensors, provides the Canadian Army with unprecedented mission flexibility.”

The LRSS acts as a “smart node” in the overall Canadian Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance enterprise. It works with off-board sensors from UAVs and unattended ground sensors, in both an LAV-III-mounted configuration or dismounted configuration using tripods.

Raytheon has teamed with SRI Sarnoff on the integration of the LRSS for the Canadian Army to provide enhanced 3-D immersive situational awareness and Command, Control, Communication and Computers (C4) ISR. SRI Sarnoff is a technology leader in real-time video processing, manipulation and salient data distribution, even at very low bitrates.

“Our real-time video processing products including TerraSight, integrated with the RTSC solution, will provide field-proven C4ISR capabilities built on U.S. Army standards for the Canadian Army’s LAV-III Upgrade Project,” said Mark Clifton, vice president, Products & Services Division, at SRI Sarnoff.

Additionally, The Will-Burt Company was chosen to supply the on-the-move rated telescopic mast for the LRSS Integrated Sensor System.