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Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under the Force Protection program. BBN is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Co.
Military personnel often operate in environments that are potentially dangerous, although not in active combat areas. Networks of sensors, commonly called force protection kits, are used to alert troops to potential dangers in these perilous environments before they become immediate threats. BBN will develop a platform to extend the reach of such force protection kits, particularly for mobile and dismounted troops, who are especially vulnerable.
BBN's goal is to enhance force protection kit performance in a number of significant ways:
"Extending the reach of force protection kits will improve troops' access to information and their reach-back to command and control centers, helping them to make more informed decisions and enabling better mission planning and threat responses," said Joe Loyall, Force Protection program manager for Raytheon BBN Technologies.
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