Raytheon has completed testing of a key communications component of the US Air Force’s distributed common ground system.

The intercom communications system, crew communications (Crew Comm) modernises peer-to-peer collaboration between intelligence operators regardless of geographic location.

The system is also the first protection Level 4 accredited and deployed voice over internet protocol technology that includes a sophisticated information assurance component.

The multiple-level security system is designed to support enterprise-wide execution of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Crew Comm will connect over 500 pilots, operators and analysts once the technology becomes available in late 2009.