Integration of non-Universal Armament Interface (UAI) weapons was previously expensive and time consuming, requiring changes to aircraft operational flight programs – a very costly process that can take years. Envoy, formerly known as Interface Bridge, will provide numerous integration options for UAI weapons without costly hardware changes.
Envoy has been completely funded by Raytheon to provide more affordable, easier integration. It is adaptable across various platforms, carriage systems and platform-to-weapon interfaces.
"The Envoy software solution is a real breakthrough for weapons integration," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "With Envoy, today's state-of-the-art weapons can be easily and affordably integrated into legacy aircraft worldwide."
Envoy can be implemented across various platforms and current bomb rack systems. The software has already been demonstrated on F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft. Work is underway for integration on the MQ-9 and other international aircraft.