Flexibility as never before [CANSEC17D1]

31 May 2017

Raytheon Anschütz is showing its latest naval integrated navigation and bridge system (INBS) solution at Raytheon Canada’s Booth 1221.

SYNAPSIS NAVAL leverages the existing SYNAPSIS Integrated Navigation System, and integrates various military system capabilities including: radar video merging and other tactical radar features; integrated situational awareness; ship self-defence capabilities; military surveillance radars; and cyber security solutions.

SYNAPSIS (including the SYNTACS command and control (C2) system), as tailored for naval vessels, is based on common/ shared (or even customer-loaned) hardware platforms, service-oriented multifunctional displays and intelligent data distribution via a lean and transparent local area network (LAN). This means the function of a dedicated display is defined later using the software, so that the entire INBS becomes a software-defined system – with each workplace being able to carry out any desired system function or be available to do so.

The advantages of this system architecture are cost savings and a hitherto unknown flexibility. Individual applications such as radar, electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), track control, C2 or fire control can be operated and put up for display at every multifunctional workstation. The concept reduces hardware cost and gives the customer a never-before-possible flexibility in concept, design, ship construction, and adaptation over lifetime. The entire system is scalable – from large, advanced systems to compact, highly effective system arrangements, all based on the same hardware setup and software architecture.

SYNAPSIS NAVAL is a software-defined system built on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and open system architecture to simplify maintenance and logistics, and to support upgrades and future capability needs. It features advanced sensor degradation and data distribution management, which provides the base for scalability of system functions and integration with other onboard systems such as automation or combat management. This includes integration of government-furnished equipment and integration on customer-provided hardware or network infrastructure.

Andreas Weidner, director of business development for Raytheon Anschütz, said: “Our software architecture delivers increased system interoperability and advanced operational capabilities while mitigating integration risk for customers.

We have a legacy of bridge system integration experience, across bridge navigation systems and third-party equipment such as specialised radars or WECDIS [Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System], which is based on decades of research, development and execution.”

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