Stauder Deploys DACAS Systems Supply to USAF

By CIOReview | Friday, September 11, 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 earned a contract to provide Airborne Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) systems for the 586th Flight Test Group at Holloman Air Force Base.

DACAS systems will be integrated with the AT-38B aircraft and will provide Airborne DACAS capability for an upcoming test event, Bold Quest 15-2 that will be held at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) this month.

DACAS is 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. It is a key capability for each of these components to employ fires that destroy, suppress, or neutralize enemy forces and in turn permit movement, maneuver, and control of territory, populations, and key waters.  CAS is planned and executed to support ground tactical units. CAS execution is tightly integrated at the tactical level with the fire and maneuver of supported ground forces. The air apportionment and allocation process for CAS occurs at the operational level. CAS planning focuses on providing timely and accurate fires in support of friendly forces in close proximity to the enemy.  Each Service organizes, trains, and equips to employ CAS within its roles as part of the joint force. As a result, a variety of aircraft are capable of performing CAS.

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 planning to participate in the test event.