The Canadian Army has selected Rockwell Collins’ Firestorm joint- res solution for its Digitally- Assisted Close Air Support (DACAS) system to link airborne platforms and ground-based joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) via an Android smartphone.
Under the contract, Rockwell Collins will produce and service 100 Android-based joint-fires systems with the potential for follow-on options. The company will qualify the initial systems by this summer, for the Army’s use on the multinational BOLD QUEST exercise in the autumn.
The agreement includes in-country service and support in Canada for up to 10 years. System development will be based in Richardson, Texas, while Rockwell Collins Canada will directly provide support to the Canadian Army.
Based upon the most widely used joint- res system in the world, the wearable Android-based joint- fires delivers a lightweight and user-friendly solution, while maintaining full digital interoperability with a wide range of coalition aircraft and artillery systems.
“Migrating away from hardware solutions to commercial off-the-shelf technology drives down cost and provides user-friendly and updatable platforms,” said Lee Obst, managing director, Rockwell Collins for Canada. “The Android joint- res solution is a great example of leveraging cutting-edge technology for military purposes.”
Rockwell Collins (Booth 1103) is stepping up its capabilities to provide systems, integration and complete solutions for Canadian customers. Its offers range from communications, navigation, surveillance, displays, flight management systems, datalinks and autopilots products, to fully integrated avionics systems, which can be found on almost every platform operated by the Canadian National Defence today.
In addition, the company is a leading provider of highly integrated, information-rich cockpit systems for new Bombardier Aerospace commercial and military special purpose aircraft.
Rockwell Collins Canada is leading the development and deployment of the company’s new wideband HF communication systems for use in Canada and for global export from its Ottawa facility. It also specialises in the design and development of wireless, ad-hoc networking technologies, including battle eld modelling and simulation of tactical networks. e SubNet Relay technology developed here is in use with customers worldwide, deployed with some of the world’s major navies.
The facility also provides support for Multi-functional Information Distribution System Link 16 terminals installed on Canadian Forces CF-18 fighters, as well as ARC-210 radios and eld service engineering for CH-147, CC-130s, and other commercial derivatives owned and operated by the Government of Canada.