Leidos is set to roll out software updates for the US Army’s Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) software in 2020, a company spokesperson confirmed to Jane's . These will comprise work to increase the system's usability, and add embedded training and help functions.
The first steps, however, will be to re-write the existing AFATDS software; basically creating a brand new software build for it, Jack Gumbert, Leidos vice-president and mission support division manager, told Jane’s .
AFATDS supports artillery command-and-control (C2) for the army and US Marine Corps. More than 4,000 systems have been fielded worldwide. Although receiving numerous software upgrades since its initial fielding in 1995, AFATDS has grown increasingly complex, which resulted in higher sustainability costs, increased information processing times, and vulnerability to cyber threats.
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