Kansas Air National Guard using upgraded monitoring system

The Kansas Air National Guard at McConnell Air Force Base is using platforms to monitor aircraft and read the data that have been significantly upgraded, a spokesman for Raytheon said this morning at the company’s chalet at the Le Bourget airport.

Raytheon has upgraded the Distributed Common Ground System “node” at McConnell. The DCGS takes signals from space or from an airborne platform, said spokesman Jared Adams.

The Guard stationed in Wichita, at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany and at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, processes data from the platforms, including Predator, Global Hawk and U2, Raytheon officials said.

The upgrade doubles the imagery processing capability and provides the Air Force with more capacity and flexibility for high-altitude missions, the company said.