Some companies' marketing departments need a reboot. Swiftly.
Raytheon is one of three companies competing for a USAF contract to develop a replacement for the J-STARS ground surveillance and battle management system. Flight Global reports:
As Northrop, Lockheed and Boeing battle for the prime contractor position, Raytheon is flying under the radar, so to speak, by offering its new “Skynet” radar to all sides. The company is in a non-exclusive partnership with Lockheed, but says it will offer its radar – believed to be a 16ft derivative of the Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) carried on the Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft – to whichever company wants it.
According to Raytheon: “Skynet incorporates the latest innovations developed for the US Navy’s stringent, wide-area surveillance requirements [and] meets or exceeds all JSTARS requirements for the lowest possible cost.”
There's more at the link.
Skynet? SKYNET??? Could there possibly be a less appropriate name for battle management technology?