C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

QuantaDyn updates QFires PT-100 JTAC system

27 May 2019

The instructor operator station of the reconfigured QuantaDyn QFires PT-100 system. Source: Giles Ebbutt

QuantaDyn has upgraded its QFires PT-100 portable Joint Target Attack Controller (JTAC) system and showcased it at the 2019 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), which was held in Stockholm from 14 to 16 May.

Originally launched in 2016 as the Z-Box and subsequently rebranded as part of the QFires product line, the system uses the same JTAC training software and technology as the mobile and desktop QFires variants and in the large static systems in use with the US and NATO forces.

The PT-100 is a self-contained system that can be packed into two airline transit cases. One contains a trainee station and the other the instructor operator station (IOS).

The trainee station has an integrated projector and a multi-function emulated military equipment (EME) device for surveillance and target acquisition (STA). The projector provides a view of the battlefield on a portable screen, while touch-screen monitors offer a simulated video downlink from the aircraft and enable the trainee to interact with the information.

The IOS enables the instructor to control the scenario. It has an integrated targeting pod feature that enables the trainee to perform target talk-on to aircraft and work target correlation with the instructor. The station can be configured with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) pilot controls, enabling the instructor to “fly” the aircraft and perform an out-of-the-window talk-on with the trainee.

The updated version is still contained in two transit cases but has been lightened to meet commercial aircraft check-in limits. The central processing unit (CPU) power has been increased. The system is now agnostic to the image generator (IG) and computer-generated forces (CGF) it can use but was demonstrated at the 2019 ITEC with Virtual Battlespace (VBS) Blue IG from Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim).

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