Video: Helicopters and Stealth Bombers Could Get Same New Computing System

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Apache Attack Helos & B-21 Stealth Bombers Could Share Raytheon Common Computing

by Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven

(Washington, D.C.) Built to absorb some small arms fire, Apache attack helicopters can swoop into enemy fire to provide life-critical air support to ground infantry caught in lethal combat. As part of this mission, perhaps the Army AH-64 platforms draws upon its long-range high-fidelity sensors to detect new pockets of enemy forces closing in on the area, merges targeting and navigational data with nearby drones and Blackhawks, processes, analyzes and organize otherwise disparate pools of crucial information and therefore offers ground commanders an integrated picture….in a matter of seconds.

Otherwise disconnected variables such as force location, terrain, navigational detail and enemy activity can be analyzed in relation to one another, massively easing the decision-making burden upon soldiers swarmed by enemy attack.

Should this transpire, Brigade Combat Team commanders could make faster, safer, more combat-effective decisions while facing fast-changing combat circumstances. The execution of this, however, of course relies heavily on high-speed integrated computing technology intended to expedite information gathering, analysis and dissemination.

With these kinds of dynamics in mind, Raytheon weapons developers are testing an emerging technology called Common Open Secure Mission Computer (COSMC).

“The concept is to replace federated functional computer systems with a data-fusion architecture to handle multi-function needs, by bringing them together,” Stephanie Edmisten, Director, Trusted Mission Processing, Raytheon, told Warrior in an interview.

The execution of these kinds of applications can be brought to life through the engineering of common technical standards, IP protocols architected to easily integrate and upgrade data analysis, information sharing and cost-effective modernization, Raytheon developers explained.

“What we can do with COSMC is provide an open computing environment. We pulled a the capabilities of legacy federated systems together to create a single consolidated computing platforms to host algorithms and information centrally and allow for post processing application data correlation,” John Stephens Product Line Manager, Secure Mission Processing, Raytheon, told Warrior in an interview.

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-- Kris Osborn is the Managing Editor of Warrior Maven and The Defense Editor of The National Interest --

Kris Osborn is defense editor for the National Interest*. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.*

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