UK MoD selects Elbit Systems for new Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator

by Giles Ebbutt

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded Elbit Systems UK a GBP102 million (USD139 million) five-year contract for a new Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator (DJFI) system, it was announced on 21 January 2021. The system will equip Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and others from the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, and UK Special Forces responsible for directing joint fires.

Elbit Systems described DJFI as “a networked, passive and active target acquisition solution that acquires, generates, and communicates target information to effector systems for effective engagement of joint precision and non-precision fires”.

Elbit Systems UK was awarded a contract by the UK MoD for the DJFI, which is based on its Hattorix target acquisition system. (Elbit Systems UK)

Elbit Systems UK was awarded a contract by the UK MoD for the DJFI, which is based on its Hattorix target acquisition system. (Elbit Systems UK)

The DJFI is based on Elbit Systems’ Hattorix target acquisition system, consisting of a goniometer, a mission computer, a touch-screen display unit, and a lightweight tripod, integrated with the CORAL thermal imaging (TI) electro-optic camera, and the Rattler XR laser target designator (LTD). It also integrates Elbit Systems’ TORCH-X battle management application (BMA) that is the core of the British Army’s future BMA, which will be delivered as part of the C3 modernisation programme, Project Morpheus.

A British Army spokesperson told Janes that the system “will also integrate a large amount of current capabilities such as the Joint Common Remote Viewing Terminal (JCRVT), current VHF and ground-to-air radios, and several in-service software applications”. The JCRVT provides full motion video and other data from airborne assets to support joint fires and is based on L3Harris’s Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER) handheld tactical video receivers and 6i transceivers. According to an army statement, there will be six different DJFI equipment suites tailored to different mission roles.

The spokesperson told Janes

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded Elbit Systems UK a GBP102 million (USD139 million) five-yea...

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