Cut­ting-edge Tech­nolo­gies in the Bat­tle­field

SP's MAI - - FRONT PAGE - [ By R. Chan­drakanth ]

At the up­com­ing ‘Digi­ti­sa­tion of Bat­tle­field’ sem­i­nar jointly or­gan­ised by SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions and FICCI, sev­eral tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies are pre­sent­ing prod­ucts and so­lu­tions that go to add a dis­tinc­tive edge in the bat­tle­field. Six of the com­pa­nies we have fea­tured here in­clude: El­bit Sys­tems, Honey­well, Rock­well Collins, DRS Tech­nolo­gies, Cisco and Gi­lat Satel­lite Net­works.

El­bit’s Im­pres­sive Line-Up of Next-Gen Sys­tems

El­bit Sys­tems has an im­pres­sive line-up of next-gen­er­a­tion sys­tems and so­lu­tions to en­able and in­te­grate the fu­ture land forces of sev­eral coun­tries. The wide range of cut­ting-edge so­lu­tions an­swers the mod­ern bat­tle­field’s de­mands for con­nec­tiv­ity, in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and net­work-cen­tric war­fare (NCW) con­cepts. Th­ese so­lu­tions fully in­te­grate and net­work all land plat­forms and sys­tems to en­able them to re­act with sig­nif­i­cantly greater speed, pre­ci­sion and in­tel­li­gence as a uni­fied force. Ac­cu­rate sit­u­a­tional aware­ness al­lows for quick co­or­di­na­tion and ef­fec­tive re­sponses to rapidly chang­ing op­er­a­tional sce­nar­ios. To achieve this re­quires ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies in­volv­ing the lat­est hard­ware and soft­ware. Lever­ag­ing in-house de­vel­op­ment of un­der­ly­ing tech­nolo­gies, prod­ucts, plat­forms and sys­tems, El­bit Sys­tems has de­vel­oped ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in de­sign­ing, de­vel­op­ing and in­te­grat­ing th­ese tech­nolo­gies into fu­ture land digi­ti­sa­tion pro­grammes around the world.

El­bit Sys­tems em­ploy a tac­ti­cal build­ing-block ap­proach to link var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions and lev­els of com­mand im­ple­ment­ing ad­vanced NCW con­cepts. Con­fig­u­ra­tions com­prise tac­ti­cal com- put­ers, dig­i­tal maps, mes­sage-han­dling sys­tems, elec­tro-op­tics, surveil­lance radars, ground sen­sors, EW sys­tems, re­mote weapons sta­tions, ad­vanced ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions, tac­ti­cal modems and routers. This is in ad­di­tion to spe­cific com­po­nents de­vel­oped for cus­tomer-spe­cific needs.

El­bit also pro­vides soft­ware in­fra­struc­ture and ap­pli­ca­tions for mo­bile and air­borne plat­forms, for the in­di­vid­ual sol­dier, and head­quar­ters com­mand and con­trol (C2) ap­pli­ca­tions. Based on th­ese core tech­nol­ogy build­ing blocks, El­bit of­fers cus­tomers com­pre­hen­sive in­te­grated so­lu­tions of com­mand, con­trol, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, com­put­ers and in­tel­li­gence (C4I) for land forces at all lev­els. The sys­tems process, man­age and present mas­sive amounts of data ar­riv­ing from var­i­ous sources into a user-friendly for­mat.

Dy­nam­ics of Com­mand and Con­trol from DRS Tech­nolo­gies

The FBCB2 (Force XXI Bat­tle Com­mand Bri­gade and Be­low) pro­gramme is fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing a dig­i­tal bat­tle com­mand in­for­ma­tion sys­tem de­signed to pro­vide com­man­ders, lead­ers and sol­diers, from bri­gade to in­di­vid­ual sol­dier and across all the bat­tle­field func­tional ar­eas, with im­proved in­for­ma­tion for com­mand and con­trol and en­hanced sit­u­a­tional aware­ness. Sup­port­ing the Army’s over­all bat­tle­field vi­su­al­i­sa­tion ef­forts, the Ap­pliqué Com­puter Sys­tems pro­vide a seam­less flow of bat­tle com­mand in­for­ma­tion and in­ter­op­er­abil­ity with ex­ter­nal com­mand and con­trol and sen­sor sys­tems.

In­cor­po­rat­ing the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion pro­cess­ing and net­work­ing, DRS-built FBCB2 sys­tems pro­vide im­proved com­bat support for lower-ech­e­lon bat­tle com­mand tac­ti­cal mis­sion re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing near real-time com­mand

and con­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties, en­hanced in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, and graph­i­cal com­bat area dis­plays, through­out the force struc­ture at the sol­dier, weapons and plat­form lev­els. Th­ese sys­tems as­sure that US armed forces keep pace with ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ments of the 21st cen­tury. The sit­u­a­tional aware­ness com­po­nent col­lec­tively dis­plays the ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of all weapons, plat­forms, sol­diers, com­mand posts and other fa­cil­i­ties and is be­ing used in con­junc­tion with the Army’s Tac­ti­cal In­ter­net (TI) and ce­les­tial com­mu­ni­ca­tions, a seam­less In­ter­net con­nec­tion, for ease in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The TI in­ter­faces with the Army Bat­tle Com­mand Sys­tems (ABCS), col­lects in­for­ma­tion from both the op­er­a­tion cen­tre and the in­di­vid­ual units and dis­sem­i­nates the data through the FBCB2 com­put­ers for im­proved sit­u­a­tional aware­ness.

The sys­tem is in­tended to support lower-ech­e­lon bat­tle com­mand tac­ti­cal mis­sion re­quire­ments, such as real-time sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, tar­get iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and graph­i­cal com­bat area dis­plays. The sit­u­a­tional aware­ness com­po­nent will col­lec­tively dis­play the ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of all weapons, plat­forms, sol­diers, com­mand posts and other fa­cil­i­ties and will be used in con­junc­tion with the Army’s Tac­ti­cal In­ter­net, a seam­less In­ter­net con­nec­tion, for ease in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The TI in­ter­faces with the Army Bat­tle Com­mand Sys­tems, col­lects in­for­ma­tion from both the op­er­a­tion cen­tre and the in­di­vid­ual units and then dis­sem­i­nates it through FBCB2 com­put­ers for im­proved sit­u­a­tional aware­ness.

Honey­well Range in Digi­ti­sa­tion of Bat­tle­field

Honey­well prod­ucts are in­te­grated onto a wide range of plat­forms they support, be it mis­siles, mu­ni­tions, tanks, mor­tars, rock­ets, fight­ing ve­hi­cles and ar­tillery. They pro­vide pre­ci­sion, in­for­ma­tion, ac­cu­racy, im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tions and digi­ti­sa­tion.

Honey­well has bat­tle­field so­lu­tions from across the business, ev­ery­thing from bul­let resistant pro­tec­tion through to pro­tec­tive cloth­ing and res­pi­ra­tory equip­ment, as well as nav­i­ga­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tions that are help­ing cus­tomers to digi­tise the bat­tle­field.

Honey­well’s range of in­er­tial mea­sure­ment units, which help mis­siles and mu­ni­tions to ac­cu­rately hit the de­sired tar­get, even in GPS de­nied en­vi­ron­ments. Its fam­ily of TALIN prod­ucts that en­able ac­cu­rate nav­i­ga­tion, point­ing, sta­bil­i­sa­tion and fire con­trol in a GPS de­nied en­vi­ron­ment for a wide va­ri­ety of plat­forms in­clud­ing ar­tillery, mor­tars tanks and in­fantry fight­ing ve­hi­cles. Another prod­uct cen­tral to Honey­well is the GC-27, which en­ables sol­diers to com­mu­ni­cate se­curely, in real-time and share video, voice and other data.

Honey­well prod­ucts are not al­ways easy to see; of­ten they are in­te­grated deep within the plat­form and hid­den from gen­eral view. How­ever, the ca­pa­bil­i­ties they de­liver are sig­nif­i­cant to users— ev­ery­thing from know­ing where you are on the bat­tle­field and know­ing where your en­emy is, to pro­vid­ing you with the abil­ity to move faster than the en­emy (known in the in­dus­try as shoot and scoot!) and in­creas­ing the sur­viv­abil­ity of the plat­form.

Rock­well Collins’ Con­nected Bat­tlespace

With net-en­abled sys­tems from Rock­well Collins, the company has put in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy in place so the user can ex­ploit ev­ery ad­van­tage of the con­nected bat­tlespace. It helps ex­pand ones net­work’s reach with proven, full-spec­trum ca­pa­bil­ity that con­nects ev­ery war fighter in the net­work with a se­cure, up-to-the-minute flow of tac­ti­cal and near real-time sit­u­a­tional in­for­ma­tion, whether it is in the air or on the ground.

The sys­tems keep the force de­ci­sively aware with net­work sys­tems that seam­lessly in­te­grate valu­able legacy as­sets with cut­tingedge tech­nol­ogy. It is fully scal­able to the chang­ing needs of your plat­forms and mis­sions, the so­lu­tions are cur­rently in the­atre giv­ing you the con­nec­tiv­ity and sit­u­a­tional aware­ness you re­quire. Now, Rock­well Collins gives a common op­er­at­ing pic­ture, shared on mul­ti­ple plat­forms, to keep you con­nected and aware. The in­for­ma­tion you need—when you need it.

Rock­well Collins Army net­work­ing so­lu­tions in­clude GMR and HMS JTRS; Quint Net­work­ing Tech­nol­ogy (QNT); Tac­ti­cal Tar­get­ing Net­work Tech­nol­ogy (TTNT); Ad­vanced Tac­ti­cal Data Link (ATDL); In­tel­li­gence, Surveil­lance and Re­con­nais­sance (ISR), EW-SIGINT; In­for­ma­tion as­sur­ance so­lu­tions; ARC-210 Mo­bile User Ob­jec­tive Sys­tem (MUOS)/SRW, ARC-220 HF; Joint Net­work Node (JNN); Mini-CDL; StrikeHawk Video Down­link Re­ceiver; Nett War­rior; Common Avion­ics Ar­chi­tec­ture Sys­tem (CAAS) and In­te­grated Sol­dier so­lu­tions.

Rock­well Collins is work­ing to equip ground sol­diers with the rugged, light­weight tools needed to make bet­ter-in­formed de­ci­sions at the tac­ti­cal edge of bat­tle. The com­po­nents for its fam­ily of in­te­grated sol­dier sys­tems pro­vide im­proved sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and net­work con­nec­tiv­ity ca­pa­bil­i­ties at var­i­ous ech­e­lon lev­els within a bri­gade com­bat team while min­imis­ing the size, weight and power im­pacts to the sol­dier through­out the life cy­cle. Th­ese so­lu­tions heighten the in­for­ma­tion-as­sured sit­u­a­tional aware­ness that keeps the sol­dier alive.

Gi­lat So­lu­tions on the Move

Net-cen­tric bat­tle has in­creased the im­por­tance of quick-de­ploy satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions on-the-pause and on-the-move. gov­ern­ments and mil­i­taries, al­ready at­tuned to the ad­van­tages of fixed and mo­bile satel­lite ser­vices, recog­nise the ur­gent need to ac­cess th­ese ser­vices, wher­ever and when­ever re­quired.

Gi­lat’s re­sponse is the SatTrooper Mil­i­tary Man­pack ter­mi­nal. This light­weight por­ta­ble so­lu­tion pro­vides data, video and tele­phony un­der the tough­est bat­tle and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions. The small-size antenna can be set up in just a few min­utes with au­to­matic point­ing and does not re­quire any tools for assem­bly. The in­te­grated Gi­lat MLT-1000 mo­dem sup­ports mil­i­taries and warfight­ers with high avail­abil­ity, se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in ex­tremely low SNR con­di­tions.

On to­day’s net-cen­tric bat­tle­field, war-fight­ers de­mand re­li­able, ve­hi­cle-mounted satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions for ef­fec­tive in­for­ma­tion trans­mis­sion be­tween com­mand and tac­ti­cal lev­els. Th­ese Sat­com on-the-move (SOTM) so­lu­tions must be able to per­form fault­lessly in the most ex­treme con­di­tions.

Meet­ing this chal­lenge, Gi­lat’s in­te­grated SOTM so­lu­tions com­bine stealth-de­sign an­ten­nas with low SWaP BUCs and bat­tle-proven modems, de­liv­er­ing: Al­ways-on com­mu­ni­ca­tions, with no setup time; Fully au­to­mated, 1-minute sig­nal ac­qui­si­tion and track­ing; Im­me­di­ate and rapid sig­nal re-ac­qui­si­tion on satel­lite line of sight block­ages; Real-time com­mu­ni­ca­tions for ve­hi­cles mov­ing at high speeds in tough ter­rain; and over-the-hori­zon net­work ac­cess with vir­tu­ally un­lim­ited range.

Cisco’s In­no­va­tive Ca­pa­bil­i­ties

Cisco con­sid­ers the net­work to be the plat­form for all com­mu­ni­ca­tions ap­pli­ca­tions. To this end, Cisco net­work­ing tech­nol­ogy of­fers in­no­va­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties that in­cor­po­rate mo­bil­ity, voice over IP ( VoIP), in­stant col­lab­o­ra­tion, video and ac­cess to ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion re­gard­less of phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion. This net­work-cen­tric ap­proach stresses the role of shared in­for­ma­tion and sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, which can lead to an in­creased speed of com­mand and more tightly syn­chro­nised ef­forts in­volved in na­tion-build­ing, peace­keep­ing, war-fight­ing, emer­gency re­sponse and dis­as­ter re­lief.

DRS’s Ap­pliqué Com­puter Sys­tems for the US Army’s Force XXI Bat­tle Com­mand Bri­gade and Be­low pro­gramme sup­ports the US Army’s Blue Force Track­ing re­quire­ments

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