Stauder Aims to Digitize Battlefield Operations

By CIOReview | Friday, November 6, 2015
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ST.PETERS, MO: Stauder Technologies, a provider of targeting, geodetic, and communications systems for the U.S. military announces that it has deployed an Airborne Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) system at the Bold Quest 15-2 test event. The DACAS system allows Close Air Support (CAS) missions to be conducted by the 5Stauder Technologies in their modified AT-38B aircraft.

DACAS is an air action by fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces and requires detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces. 

The process is a critical element of joint fire support that requires detailed planning, coordination, and training of ground and supporting air forces for safe and effective execution. The supported commander establishes the target priority, effects, and timing of CAS (Close Air Support) fires within the boundaries of the land or maritime areas of operations, joint special operations areas, or amphibious objective areas.

The Airborne DACAS systems will include Hyde ‘Smart HUB’, a Combat Net Radio and Gusto-Air software, operating on an Android tablet. Hyde is a rugged, lightweight, wearable, high performance computing device that connects military tactical networks and devices to virtually any end user device, including handheld Windows, Android and iOS tablets and phones. Weighing in at 1.1 lbs., the Hyde can be easily worn by a dismounted war fighter or carried aboard an aircraft where weight, volume and power are critical to mission success. The Hyde provides the bridge between existing military radio equipment and the latest cutting-edge technology available in the marketplace. The Hyde will be packaged with the widely deployed Joint Edge Communications Link (JECL) digital interoperability software to handle all available networks and platforms at the test event.

“The objective with the T-38B/Hyde project at BQ 15-2 was to demonstrate a digital messaging solution that avoids time-consuming OFP (Operational Flight Program) update processes which can be as long as four years if you make the priority list,” says Brian Brock, DACAS Lead for the Bold Quest events.