Raytheon is developing what is billed as a universal remote for the US Navy that will allow a single unit to control a wide range of unmanned vehicles. Designed to save space onboard ships as well as make pilot training easier, the Raytheon Common Ground Control System (CGCS) is based on the modular, open architecture Unmanned Aircraft System Control Segment standard (UCS) that promotes vehicle software interoperability.
Unmanned systems (UxS) are revolutionizing naval warfare, but as their numbers and variety expand, controlling them all becomes more and more difficult. Not only are there Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) doing everything from close reconnaissance to in-flight refueling, but there is also a growing fleet of robotic surface and underwater vehicles.
The problem is that, according to Raytheon, each of these vehicles needs its own control systems that take up valuable space inside the hulls of already crowded ships. In addition, each system has its own design, so pilots have to be retrained as they move from one vehicle to another.