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Systematic to supply Danish artillery system fire-support capability

05 July 2018
The Danish Army will deploy its new SitaWare-based digital fires capability on the Tatra-based 8x8 version of the Caesar 155 mm SP howitzer it is procuring. Source: Christopher F Foss

Danish software house Systematic has been awarded a contract by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to deliver a new fire-support capability for the Danish Army’s latest artillery systems. The contract value was not released.

The new function builds on the Fire Support Module developed by Systematic for its SitaWare Headquarters command-and-control (C2) software. The company claims it will significantly shorten the sensor-to-shooter engagement cycle.

“The threat posed by counter-battery fire on the modern battlefield necessitates the ability for artillery systems to ‘shoot-and-scoot’ while maintaining accurate targeting,” Hans Jørgen Bohlbro, Systematic’s vice-president, defence product management, said. “One of the benefits of the new function is the ability for artillery systems to conduct fire missions quickly and redeploy before they can be engaged by enemy fires.”

The new capability enables fire mission data – first generated by a forward observer and passed to the gun crew via a joint fires cell or similar element – to be digitally transferred into an artillery fire-control system (FCS), where the ballistic calculations are made.

Although the process will do away with a man-in-the-loop for entering the fire support data into the FCS, there will always be operator verification before the fire mission is carried out.

SitaWare consists of three interoperable and scalable segments: Sitaware Headquarters, designed for use in command posts (CP) and headquarters (HQ) at battalion level and above; SitaWare Frontline, a battle management system intended principally for use in vehicles; and SitaWare Edge for the dismounted user.

The Danish Army is adopting the complete software suite in its Army Tactical Communications Network (ATCN) programme, the first phase of which will see a digitised battlegroup by 2019. For fire support the forward observers and gun crews will be equipped with SitaWare Frontline, while the fires co-ordination component will use SitaWare Headquarters.

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