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AFA 2016: Rockwell Collins shrinks FireStorm targeting system

20 September 2016

Rockwell Collins has further reduced the size and weight of its FireStorm Integrated Targeting System, which is designed to lighten the load Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) must carry to conduct air support missions as well as provide highly accurate targeting data.

The system consolidates a JTAC kit with a wearable system weighing less than 2.2 kg, and features a GPS receiver; 7-inch Panasonic Toughpad; power and data management hub; and cabling system, according to Rockwell Collins.

The company was able to condense its earlier targeting system from one that fits into a rucksack into a small tablet, small form factor, Brad Haselhorst, vice-president, strategy and business development government systems, for Rockwell Collins, told IHS Jane's at the annual Air Force Association (AFA) symposium held on 19 September in National Harbor, Maryland.

"This is a development that we are wrapping up and it is all around SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power) and accuracy for the warfighter," Haselhorst said. "We are looking to bring additional capability to the JTAC out on the forward edge of the battlespace."

"The FireStorm system consists of a fully integrated set of hardware, including a laser rangefinder, tactical PC, StrikeHawk video downlink receiver, JTAC Mobile networked joint fires digital targeting software, a power management system, and the handheld HALT (High Accuracy Lightweight Targeter) azimuth augmentation unit," according to Rockwell Collins.

HALT provides highly accurate target co-ordinates to the JTAC that can be digitally sent to an aircraft in order to put effects on target, Haselhorst said.

The targeting system's software was previously more complex and the number of clicks an operator had to use to actually close the kill chain was quite extensive, Haselhorst said.

"We have been able to work the HMI (human machine interface) and work with the warfighter to look at how we can condense that down and shorten timeframe to execute the mission," he added.

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Rockwell Collins' Firestorm Integrated Targeting System consolidates a JTAC kit into a wearable system weighing less than 2.2 kg. It includes a 7-inch Panasonic Toughpad. (IHS/Geoff Fein)Rockwell Collins' Firestorm Integrated Targeting System consolidates a JTAC kit into a wearable system weighing less than 2.2 kg. It includes a 7-inch Panasonic Toughpad. (IHS/Geoff Fein)



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