NASHUA, N.H.— BAE Systems’ FAST Labs™ research and development organization will have early access to select Intel technologies, thanks to a strategic business agreement announced by BAE Systems, Inc., in August. The agreement will enable BAE Systems to develop and more quickly field next-generation defense applications based on Intel’s most advanced technology, BAE Systems said in a release.
Commercial off-the-shelf semiconductor technology has increasingly been incorporated into U.S. defense applications. However, military-grade technology requires domestically developed custom capabilities that go beyond commercially available technology. To date, this development lag of customizing commercial technology has resulted in significant time gaps between chip-level technology and the fielding of defense applications, according to the release.
“We are excited to extend our existing relationship with BAE Systems and look forward to working with them to protect national security, critical infrastructure, and vital information,” said Frank Ferrante, senior director of Military Aerospace and Defense Division at Intel, in the release.
“Early access to Intel’s developing technology can speed the timetable of producing defense applications and maintain our country’s technological edge,” said Chris Rappa, director at BAE Systems’ FAST Labs. “Closing the development gap—potentially by years in some cases—will deliver a critical advantage to our country.”
The strategic agreement comes on the heels of other new collaborations between BAE Systems and Intel, including Intel’s recently launched field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology and the SHIP-Digital program, which will extend Intel’s wideband radio frequency signal processing platform to the most size, weight, and power-constrained defense applications. This collaboration is expected to result in BAE Systems’ continuing to deliver “the most advanced capabilities at significantly lower costs,” the company said in the release.