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Babcock highlights SIGRID5 C2 system

24 May 2019
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Babcock International’s SIGRID5 command-and-control system displayed at the Electronic Warfare Europe 2019 exhibition, showing a hypothetical intrusion at Heathrow Airport. Source: Giles Ebbutt

Babcock International has showcased its SIGRID5 command and control (C2) system at the Electronic Warfare Europe (EWE) 2019 exhibition in Stockholm in May.

SIGRID5 leverages commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and is based on US company Priority 5's Touch Assisted Command and Control System (TACCS).

The system supports both civil and military operations and is designed to assimilate and fuse a range of data from different sources including social media and camera feeds and presents it on an integrated display, including mobile devices. The resultant common operating picture (COP) can be made available to all users using a variety of communications media and can be used to create pdf reports to support briefings.

The user can create advanced queries and set alerts to identify patterns of activity, detect anomalous and out-of-character behaviour, and conduct threat assessment. The system supports "what if" contingency planning, incorporating the current situation but conducted in a parallel simulation environment, which enables the operator to identify the potential consequences and results of different courses of action.

David Jones, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) business development manager for Babcock, told Jane's that the system can be effective for asset management in crisis and emergency situations and for critical infrastructure protection.

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