The U.S. Army is closer to meeting an urgent operational need after Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies, announced its Warfighter Machine Interface, or WMI, completed contractor-led, end-to-end software capability tests earlier this year at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The U.S. Army has an answer it calls battlefield situational awareness. Real-time, radar data, presented clearly, concisely and in an advanced visual style that’s easy to understand, can make the difference between life and death.
WMI combines gaming and personal computing technologies that are familiar to the new generation of recruits. It will be part of Patriot software Post Deployment Build 8.1, which is scheduled to reach initial operational capability with the U.S. Army in 2023. At that point, all Patriot partners will be able to upgrade. These verification tests ensure the Patriot’s technology is ready for government-led testing and evaluations later this year.
There is command and control technology for the Patriot® missile defense system that makes this possible: a warfighter machine interface, or WMI, and simply put, it’s the way that data is shown on screens. Raytheon is transforming WMI from black and white blips and pixilated shapes into a vibrant, 3-D-based interface with graphics that rival a modern-day video game. And it’s being rapidly developed, thanks to a unique partnership between the engineers advancing the tech and the soldiers whose lives will depend on it.
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