During the exercise, FlexLink was installed on U.S. Army UH-60M helicopters
and was able to establish a joint command and control network at distances
exceeding 200 nautical miles. The demonstration was key to validating the Army’s
Project Convergence concept, which is the service’s contribution to the Defense
Department’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control initiative.
The FlexLink solution is the first open systems radio prototype to be
integrated onto U.S. Army platforms. The demonstration bridged four joint
service and coalition networks, all operating at different security levels using
a multi-level security cross domain solution to allow for integrated, connected
communication across the battlespace.
“We demonstrated that our ready-now open systems radio can be integrated with
existing platforms,” said Phil Jasper, president of Mission Systems for Collins
Aerospace. “Providing resilient communications across networks is key for
reducing decision-making time and supporting effective operations in any highly
FlexLink Adaptive Connectivity Solution for communication, navigation and
surveillance delivers resilient network connectivity and assured positioning,
navigation and timing to connect the battlespace. The system is able to operate
across a variety of U.S. Department of Defense communication networks, from
advanced tactical datalinks to legacy narrowband line-of-sight, both wideband
and narrowband SATCOM, high-frequency, commercial mesh networking waveforms, as
well as emerging directional line-of-sight resilient capabilities. FlexLink was
designed using modular, open systems architecture to allow capabilities to be
added or updated quickly and cost effectively.
Three Raytheon Technologies businesses, Collins Aerospace, Raytheon
Intelligence & Space, and Raytheon Missiles & Defense were selected to
participate in the Project Convergence 22 Technology Gateway at Yuma Proving
Ground. The businesses demonstrated a variety of capabilities including
intelligent gateway technologies, zero-trust cybersecurity solutions, and the
upgraded Multi-Functional Lightweight Command Launch Unit.
About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that
provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government
customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace,
Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ―
the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics,
cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics and quantum
physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company
and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered
in Arlington, Virginia.