Raytheon Technologies has unveiled RAIVEN, a revolutionary electro-optical intelligent-sensing capability, which will enable pilots to have faster and more precise threat identification. The new threat identification system can identify multiple objects optically and spectrally at once in real time – a single electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system has never been able to do this before.
RAIVEN’s ‘intelligent sensing’ capability uses artificial intelligence (AI), hyperspectral imaging, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to enable operators to see up to five times farther and clearer than traditional optical imaging. The system increases aircraft survivability and gives the warfighter decision advantage over peer threats.
RAIVEN is a modular, open system that builds upon the company’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System family of sensors for long-range surveillance, target acquisition, tracking, range finding, and laser designation. Paired with AI, the RAIVEN electro-optical intelligent-sensing technology synthesizes reams of data into a detailed picture of the battlespace and the threats within it.
The AI automatically detects and identifies the threats, delivering a level of automation for the operator to choose what decisions need to be made – providing a critical capability while drastically reducing operator workload. In addition, RAIVEN provides more automation for the operator to choose what decisions need to be made – providing a critical capability while drastically reducing operator work.
RAIVEN provides more mission versatility and capability than ever before – all within the same size, weight, and power specifications. RT-1000, the first version of RAIVEN, can support a wide array of missions, including the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift modernization effort, with the first flight test being conducted in 2024.
“The future battlespace will consist of a myriad of threats from all directions evolving at an unprecedented pace,” said Torrey Cady, vice president of Surveillance and Targeting Systems at Raytheon Intelligence & Space. “RAIVEN improves platform survivability and keeps the warfighter safe by providing accurate, persistent target observation coupled with accelerated information sharing. This combination enables a decision-making process that simultaneously reduces pilot workload while accelerating engagement decisions to prosecute targets much faster than adversaries.”