Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems of Garland, Texas, has established initial operating capability for the upgraded communications system it developed as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), according to a Sept. 28 Raytheon press release.

Raytheon is the prime contractor for the Air Force DCGS, a system that will enable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to be shared more easily around the world. The communications component, dubbed Crew Comm, is a protected Voice over Internet Protocol service that can be operated at several different security levels. When completed, the system will connect more than 500 pilots, operators and analysts, the release said.