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C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

ESG takes aim at German forward air controller requirement

29 June 2017

Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) revealed its EAGLE 2 Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) ground equipment system which is being developed in response to a Bundleswehr requirement for a dismounted digital Forward Air Controller/Joint Terminal Attack Controller (FAC/JTAC) assembly.

The system seen at the 2017 Paris Air Show. It comprises the Moskito target acquisition system, FZ-M1 tablet, SFC Power Manager 3G. A Jenny 600S fuel cell can be seen charging a Bren-Tronics lithium-ion radio battery which is powering the system. (Giles Ebbutt)The system seen at the 2017 Paris Air Show. It comprises the Moskito target acquisition system, FZ-M1 tablet, SFC Power Manager 3G. A Jenny 600S fuel cell can be seen charging a Bren-Tronics lithium-ion radio battery which is powering the system. (Giles Ebbutt)

The system is based on a specially adapted DACAS version of ESG's TARANIS Battlefield battle management system (BMS), which also underpins the Adler III joint fires control system already in service with the Bundeswehr. It comprises a target acquisition device, a ruggedised tablet computer, a central power and data management device, navigation, and communications systems.

The system on display incorporated the Safran Vectronix Moskito TI lightweight multi-purpose target locator, SFC Power Manager 3G and a Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet with a customised military connection. However, Simon Martin, senior systems engineer at ESG's defence division, told Jane's that the system is hardware agnostic and this would not necessarily be the configuration that will ultimately be offered.

The customised TARANIS software provides a complete DACAS message set. It automatically takes target data from the target acquisition device and populates and transmits formatted messages as well as displaying the tactical picture using digital maps and standard symbology. EAGLE 2 is radio agnostic and provides communications and information exchange between the FAC/JTAC, attack aircraft and headquarters, including live video from an aircraft. It supports a number of Variable Message Format (VMF) protocols as well as the NATO Friendly Force Information (NFFI) standard for blue force tracking.

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