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Future Combat Sy
The electronic and optoelectronic technologies of the future battlefield will help manned and unmanned vehicles interact with commanders and foot soldiers over global and theater-level radio and telecommunications networks to provide unprecedented situational awareness and maneuver capability to U.S. and allied ground troops,
BY JOKN KELLER
Electronic subsystems and components for U.S. and allied combat land vehicles are entering a fundamentally new and different era of inter- and intra-systems integration with a broad range of new technologies and networked communications. Primarily driving this trend are the overall emphases on "force transformation" and the Future Combat System —- better known as FCS. The new transformational era will usher in advanced technologies in vehicle electronics (vetronics) such as nuclear/ biological/chemical sensors, automatic target recognition, computer-based decision aids, ultrasonic/infrared/visible-light sensors, laser radar (LADAR), high-speed distributed computing, robotics, low-profile conformal antennas, position/navigation/ tracking systems, disposable unattended sensors, battle command on- the-move systems, through-wall and through-foliage sensors, standoff mine detection, unmanned vehicles, high-speed wireless mobile networks, advanced machine navigation, sensor fusion, optoelectronic counter measures, flexible and conformal color displays, and charge-coupled-device (CCD) cameras. The transformational philosophy of weapon system design, acquisition, and deployment seeks to catapult the notion of an integrated architecture from a platform level literally to a global level. Today, the standard for vetronics integration is embodied in the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The Abrams and Bradley vetronics architectures link onboard electronic subsystems, such as sensors and computers, in real time on a 1-mehagbit-persecond MIL-STD-1553 databus. Systems are integrated on each vehicle, but connecting the vehicles, foot soldiers, and commanders for the most part are only secure data and voice radios. Transformation would move that connectivity ahead by light years. The transformational approach not only seeks to continue and enhance integrated vetronics architectures, but it seeks to link ground vehicles, foot soldiers, command posts, combat aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, national command authorities, and satellite communications systems via highspeed wireless and wired networks to help fighting forces move faster, fight harder. survive better, and maneuver more intelligently than they ever have before. This technological transformation is to create an ocean of information available to anyone on the battlefield who needs it, similar to what the Internet provides to homes and businesses today. Each vetronics architecture is to be integrated to create an intelligent and comprehensive picture of what its opera tors see and experience on the battlefield, but would be able to share that information in real time with all other friendly forces on the battlefield.

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Transforming the fighting force
The concept of transformation has three primary components: networking, automation, and situational awareness. Vetronics will be a core enabler of all three capabilities.

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CAAS. are the proneuver against opposing forces without ject's lead systems integrators. reconnaissance and surveillance. and will be deployahle anywhere worldwide in as little time as 96 hours. such as resupply. EGNOS.milaero. In military parlance. Stem Networking seeks to link all elements ofthe fighting force in real time — from top commanders and national command authorities. keep their eyes continis to link warfighters with manned and unmanned ground vehicles and air. Visit us on Isn't it time you looked at LynxOS-178? Open mil Safety-critical architecture POSIX. GNU cross deveFopmeni tools. including D0-17BcapablB consulting services LYNUXWORKS' the web at www.Corp. and JTfiS ready. 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The idea their own forces.S. including gdb and gcc Fuil documentation Artifacts package tor the OS «ith DO-178B requirad documentation Support Full cjstotner support. stable real-ttme operating system Cartitiontng in time and space 100% MCDC structural coverage Multiple military and aerospace applications IDM (EBC All). FANS. displays to enable warfighters to understand conditions on the battlefield at a glance. internet-type networking to share crucial information with those on the battlefield who need it most. and act as making direct contact. and acoustic sensors.S." from which commanders and foot soldiers alike can draw data on the locations and capabilities of friendly forces and enemies.lo nama a lew DsveicpmenI envlronmerns t tools VisualLynui (Microsoft Visual C^+Aiisual StuOio lor Windows). The new tanks will have high-speed networking.com/go-open or call us at 866-664-7787." U. Why go from one proprietary interface to another? LynxOS-178 offers popular standards-based POSIX programming interfaces today. as well as with a wide variety of sion making. military planners will put the concept of transformation into practice. Future Combat System The FCS is where U.ually on targets. www. A chief enabler — and technological goal of transformation — is real-time reliable machine navigation to help unmanned ground vehicles negotiate difficult terrain to keep pace with fast-moving fighting forces. BOTTOM: This artist's rendering of a future lightweight self-propelled artillery system will he fast. and decentralize decicraft. Mghtweigbt. advanced vetronics.lynuxworks. but we used LynxOS-178 from LynuxWorks to get our application airborne. sensors to create a rich picture of the The U. FCS is to be fielded in 2010. technologies. and even directly engaging the enemy. Va. FC-NET. High-speed terrestrial on themove networks will link with theaterlevel wired networks. forces theoretically could ma. Unii Mature. suppliers.TOP: This artist's rendering depicts a future main battle tank as envisioned for the Army's Future Combat System. Advanced Internet Protocol communications are to create an "infosphere. saving years of costly effort and speeding safety-critical systems to market with previously certified software and artifacts. P3 BMUP. Navy OA. Army is the lead military serbattlefield situation. (SAIC) in McLean. 2 1 . THAAO. Army Ligbt Armored Vehicle is to demonstrate autonomous navigation and high-speed data links that ultimately may lead to tbe first unmanned comhat ground vehicles. and will weigh no more than 20 tons so they can he transported ahoard C-130 cargo aircraft.. DD(x). Using tbe standard POSiX interfaces and ieveraging COTS software eased our patb to DO-178. optical.S. and transformation seeks to make it a reality. Let us show you how we have put companies on a proven.S.

aerospace. will continue the you now have a choice in R a d H a r d Field Proven commercial Programmable Gate Arrays Guaranteed radiation performance to QML-V Efficient FPGA fabric On-chip RadHard SRAM you told us you wanted an alternative in RadHard FPGAs: proven commercial architecture and tools. future FCS vehicles will rely on Gigabit Ethernet. Army Tank. FCS vetronics will be integrated primarily at the software level to broaden options for hardware subsystems choices and technology refresh. handle communications. That's the Aeroflex value proposition. 2 2 I October 2004 ' Military $• Aerospace Electronics www. armored personnel carriers. battlefield ambulances. are designing the combat vehicle crew station ofthefuture. and we are delivering." says Dn Grace Bochenek. Automotive & Armaments Command (TARDEC) in Warren. director of vetronics and fightability at General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) in Sterling Heights. This common 20-ton chassis is to be the foundation for a new generation of battle tanks. Mich. While the Abrams and Bradley vetronics are tightly integrated at the hardware level.487. and the IEFE 802. on-chip RadHard SRAM. Vetronics on manned platforms The existing generation of Abrams and Bradley combat vehicles primarily use custom-designed electronic and optoelectronic systems and subsystems. form the integrated design team for the FCS For a FREE product catalog and lead-time calculator. FCS vetronics architectures also will differ from those of the Abrams and Bradley in terms of software integration. which will control the vehicle.com/radhardfpga PDWER Y D U R CRITICAL MISSION TDDAY AEROFLEX A passion for performance.S. These vehicles are to be air-transportable aboard aircraft as small as the Lockheed Martin C-I30 four-engine turboprop.AS9000 The manned-vehicle component of FCS revolves around a wheeled platform similar to the General Dynamics Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) chassis. command-andcontrol vehicles.In Stock Now! special report Converters Hybrid and COTS potted modules 6 to 200 watts output power Immediate delivery available DC-DC Military and space environmental screening Proven performance in hundreds of military. while Designers from the U. contact: VPT 425. using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components such as integrated circuits. While the Abrams and Bradley rely on the 1553 wired databus. FCS vetronics designers envision integrated architectures — such as those of the Ahrams and Bradley — yet will build with broadband networks in mind for inside and outside of the vehicles. Mich. which are set first to augment. Va. We listened. circuit boards. Aeroflex Colorado Springs use of COTS. meanwhile. explains Kenneth Mick. Networking choices mostly will likely change over time with evolving commercial technology advances. and even control unmanned ground and air vehicles. executive vice president for research. Pictured is the Army's Crevtf Integration and Automation Test Bed Advanced Technology Demonstration that shows crew interfaces. Army and General Dynamics Corp. and technical director of the U.com . and combat engineering vehicles. Power your program today with VPT's off-the-shelf modules that meet stringent quality standards.com 800-645-8862 <ieroflex.11 wireless data network.vpt-inc. yet some of them will employ robotic technology to operate autonomously or semi-autonomously for tasks such as reconnaissance and battlefield resupply. GDLS. and try to get them to support our needs. are being designed to accommodate two-person crews. automation. and integration technologies.S. artillery systems. IS09001. and then to replace the Abrams tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. and space programs Custom design services Certified quality: MIL-PRF-38534. and rely heavily on commercially developed technology. "We capitalize on where industry is going. and powerful FPGA fabric.milaero. FCS. and networking hardware.com/catalog sales@vpt-inc.4850 www. armored reconnaissance vehicles. a supplier that guarantees radiation performance. along with United Defense LP in Arlington.. but will reduce or eliminate the use of custom-designed subsystems. These vehicles.

"In the Abrams we did a systems-integration approach. executive vice president for research." says Dr. you cannot offload one processor onto another processor. "Intelligent systems are a big part of the Future Combat System. The crew station will also demonstrate automated decision aids. or add-on. Mich. That means accessing large amounts of data fast . commander. The 20-ton combat vehicles envisioned for the U. Army General Dynamics Stryker program. for example. and are looking to commercially developed technology to meet their future needs in manned vetronics systems. Extended-temperature. Innovation in Motion. lil/Celeron™ microprocessor. The CAT-ATD seeks to design a wraparound reconfigurable display that would help crewmembers drive the vehicle with sensors and the wrap-around display. will have crews of two. and centrally locate processing. At the heartof the Army's plan to increase automation and reduce crew size in future combat vehicles is a project to develop a multimission common crew station for platforms such as the Stryker interim combat vehicle. So we've injected the VCP P3A with the power of a 1. Stryker is not a distributed system.VISTAfontrols.2 GHz Socket 370 Pentium®. This project is to demonstrate the crew interfaces. Automotive & Armaments Command (TARDEC) in Warren. and are working directly with the Boeing/SAIC lead systems integrator. automation.special report manned ground vehicle portion. this project revolves around the Crew Integration and Automation Test Bed Advanced Technology Demonstration. "Over the last four to five years there has been a shift in our R&D investment. ways for crewmembers to dip into a rich Integrating the most severe environment applications and the PC world It's designed for mission computers and machine control subsystems.S. "For the vetronics tech base we rely on the commercial market now. Contact us today. but the station also would enable them to control unmanned ground and air vehicles. Army vehicle electronics (vetronics) designers are shifting virtually all their research-and-development money over to robotics and unmanned systems." Mick says.cain 2 4 I October 2004 Military ^ Aerospace Electronics www." The role of Stryker The U.S. but also to reduce the number of human beings who must operate vehicles in dangerous areas. Pentium and Celeron are trademarks ot Intel Cotp. rather than by using a direct view outside the vehicle. he Embedded Computing Subsystems Group VISTA Controls A Curliss-Wright Company 2 8 9 6 5 Avenue Penn Sania Clarita. control. air. Armv service since the Abrams tank in Automation and unmanned in vetronics development U. and the future FCS vehicles. Army's Future Combat System iFCS). which uses the Light Armored Vehicle chassis for a variety of new combat vehicles. is a technological interim step in the evolution from the Abrams and Bradley to the FCS vehicles." Bochenek says." Army leaders see automation and unmanned systems as important ways not only to reduce the number of crew members necessary to operate combat vehicles on the battlefield. Among the more interesting — and temporary — aspects of Stryker is its lack of tightly integrated vetronics architecture.fom I www. communications.S.. on the other hand. CURTISS WRIGHT^ Controls. Grace Bochenek. especially if it is C4I [command. Not only would this multimission common crew station enable two-man crews to control their own vehicle. your complete systems supplier. and technical director of the U.S. We want to hook sensors right into a central box. Mick explains. "Stryker implements it as an applique." Bochenek says. At the moment. The 80-ton M l Abrams main battle tank. gunner. otherwise known as CATATD. "FCS is more integrated at a software level rather than a hardwaresubsystems level. and developed it to incorporate subsystems. keep in touch with other vehicles in the area and with their commanders. and put it into a fully functional. CA 91 3 5 5 800-VISTA-IO { 661-2S7-4430 I Fax:661-257-4782 I e-mail: saies@curtisswright." Mick explains. familiar Windows-based client/server-operating environment to make it exceptionally user-friendly and versatile-^^ While "PC universality" provides ease-of-use. "In the archi- tecture employed in Stryker you adapt for new technologies. requires a crew of four to run the machine — driver.com ." The Stryker vehicle family — the first new military vehicle to enter U..milaero.and storing that data quickty and reliably. Army Tank. computers.S. All the Army's investment is in automation and unmanned systems. and keep track of the locations of friendly and enemy forces. and loader.and conduction-cooled versions meet every requirement for military and homeland security-system applications. rugged. a PMC mezzanine site ensures onboard I/O and no compromise in expansion capability. "We have migrated to investments in unmanned ground platforms. and integration technologies necessary to meet the future needs of two-man combat vehicle crews. and intelligence].

"it is not as sophisti- cated an architecture as the Abrams. our rugged VMEbus computers provide more scalability. For the future. but we see FCS as more Abrams-like.support vehicle.com Military $-Aerospace Electronics I October 2004 | 2 5 . possibly within the next three to four years. widest range of performance options. and in the future are looking into designing a new general-purpose processor to integrate onto the vehicle.77. high availability computing for the harshest. resupply. and reconnaissance vehicle (RV). mission-critical computers. scouting." FCS vetronics integrators are looking into blending several channels of Gigabit Ethernet over one strand of opti- SHAKE. nobody keeps mission-critical applications rolling like Themis Computer For over a decade.evacuation vehicle. This program focuses on developing a low-risk. -t PMC slots 6't-bft Solaris 8 and 9 support Ruggediied for up to 30G shock TGA3D-I-'" GRAPHICS AOAPTER USPIIh. 1553. and driving off-road at 40 miles per hour. One of the program's goals is to build an autonomous vehicle capable of driving on primary roads at speeds of 50 to 60 mites per hour. The vehicle should operate at distances of three to six miles from the lead vehicle. "We looked at Firewire. most demanding applications and operating environments. USPItll. Bochenek says." Future FCS vehicles Not only will the FCS vehicles have Gigabit Ethernet and IEEE 802. which experts point out is one of the most difficult challenges to building autonomous vehicles. mortar carrier. mine detection. The station will blend information from sensors.CIDM www.86 OPERATING SYSTEMS SOLARIS" UNUX» WINDOWS* lemil logo." Mick says. engineer-squad vehicle. like a CAN bus. mobile gun system. "We are looking at some high-speed databus for closed-loop control for determinism. C A 9-(S38 PLATFORMS When ir comes to extreme operating conditions. At the moment. Designed to take i t 510-252-0870 THEMIS C O M P U T E R EUROPE 5 rue Irene joliot-Curie 38320 Eybens. rear-area security.'USPIte-Gb 3-D graphics accelerator Provides Sun^ XVR-500 3-D graphics support 8. far greater reliability. planners plan to use the VME backplane and Intel Pentiumbased computers for the autonomous follower.milaero.14.476." Mick says. and unmanned vehicles. near-term autonomous vehicle to handle tasks such as equipment carrier. and help the crew practice missions and hone their skills with embedded simulation and computer-generated mission rehearsal. and FDDI. as well as automated route planning. Themis rugged. A sister project to the CAT-ATD at Army Tank-Automotive Command is the Robotic Follower Advanced Technology Demonstrator (Robotic Follower ATD) project. I60M textured pixels'sec Solans 8 and 9 support Sun OpenGL for Solaris I 2 I and later THEMIS 3iaS Laurelview Cojrt Fremont. and battle planning. 3-D audio. while requiring only a minimum of human intervention and control from the lead vehicle. fire-. mission-critical computing . and Wind River VX Works for real-time mission-critical tasks. heimet-mounted displays and panoramic displays. or provide high-level proofing of the follower's path so the follower avoids areas that might impede or confuse its autonomous navigation system. Army researchers would like to develop an armed autonomous vehicle.Themis has delivered high performance. biological. indirect vision. This vehicle will incorporate second-generation laser radar.5M tnangles/sec. Army planners want to data-link terrain data from the lead vehicle back to the follower vehicle to augment data the follower vehicle gathers from on-board sensors and from its Global Positioning System (GPS).THEMIS. the 1980s — includes an infantry carrier. Designed to perform in conditions v/here other systems fail.special report vehicles take center stage supply of real-time battlefield information. and RS 232. anti-tank guided-missile vehicle. So wtien your data is critical and the environment is hostile. chemical reconnaissance vehicle. Fihre Channel. and fire support. our unique thermal and mechanical technology continues to set the standard for rugged. speech recognition. The vehicle's software is expected to be Windows XP embedded for routine tasks. "It has no ability to move processing data in real time. it does the job. Themis' family of UltraSPARC VME and Compact PCI single board computers s Compu IBM'i INTEL* and graphic accelerators are the latest demonstration of our design expertise. nuclear. turn to the computers built to perform when there s a whole lot of shaking going on. improved life cycle management and substantially lower TCO. command vehicle.11 information networks. forward-looking infrared sensors. USPIIe-Gb. and then we looked at low-level automotive buses.up to 40G shock. unmanned-aerial-vehicle launch. medical. The demonstrator is to showcase soldier-machine interface technology. RATTLE AND RDI USP INI'" VMEBUS C O M P U T E R Intlu5tr)''s highest performance VME engine Single^Dual UHraSPAftC ' Illi 64-bit protessors 2-way SMR 64-bic Solaris'" 8 and 9 support Ruggedized f o r up t o 40G shock USPIIe-6b'" VME COMPUTER 650 MHi b^-b'l UltraSPARC lli+ processors Single/2-slotVME configurations 4GB ECC SDRAM memory. weapons. jndTGA3D* aine<J wiihin are proper^ ot iheir reipecuv WWW. France +33. driving. Unlike others. Stryker was to be a bridge from Abrams to the FCS. "* For the autonomous follower. The idea is to pass "electronic bread I crumbs" from the manned lead vehicle back to the autonomous follower vehicle. and advanced computers to handle autonomous navigation. Although the Stryker vehicles do have datahuses — the CAN automotive bus. offering ruggedized computers with the fastest. but developers are also considering other networks or datahuses for even more data throughput.

Mick says. Single Output Isolated • Up to 10. cal fiber aboard the FCS vehicles to increase throughput. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Arlington. a surveillance version of the LAV.000 Volts Standard • Wide Input Voltage Range Available • Military / Cots / Industrial • Now Regulated and Dual Output Models ntegrators are looking into blending several channels of Gigabit Ethernet over one strand of optical fiber aboard the FCS vehicles. and General Dynamics CA Systems in Taunton. and it may be WDM [wavelength-division multiplexing]. in Westminster. HIGH POWER Up to 350 VDC Outputs (Units up to 150 Watts) Regulated Wide Input Range Isolated Inputs PICO send lor Catalog Call Toll Free 800-431-1064 E Mail: i n t o @ p j c o e l e c l r o n j c s . we don't have any choice. and heat-sink conduction cooling.4" Ht. General Dynamics Robotics is building sensor systems and autonomous navigation capability FCS vehicles. Pelham. "At our data rates. Va. as are more traditional cooling methods of forced-air convection cooling. Such high-power loads bring cooling issues to the forefront. Fighters. and General Dynamics C4 is integrating command-and-control systems and mobile networks to support FCS combat vehicles. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is building the onboard computers for FCS." he says. we have to make optical work. For Trainers." Working with General Dynamics Land Systems on FCS vetronics are General Dynamics Robotic Systems Inc. and two experimental unmanned ground vehicles designed to demonstrate a robotic follower. Mass. plus a 24-volt base system.cmcelectronics. Md.special report Automation and robotics are cornerstones of the U.. c o m M3 Sparks Ave. Also under consideration is building a custom-designed power bus to handle all power needs aboard FCS vehicles.ca Tactical networking The networking glue that will join ve- INDUSTRIAL • COTS • MILITARY . the High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle.. Mick says FCS vehicle designers may need several commercially available power buses to handle power demand potentially for anywhere from 600 to 900 volts. Pictured ahove are autonomous or semi-autonomous versions of (clockwise from left) the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV). New Vorh 10803 Citic electronics Years of Innovation CHICAGO • MONTREAL • OTTAWA • www. as well as save space and lighten weight.. "We are trying to patent something.S. he says. and Mick says spray cooling is under consideration. Heiicopters and Transport Aircraft Open Architecture Off-The-Shelf Technoiogy Low Profile from 0. Army's new emphasis on transformational vehicle electronics.

including military. The 4-inch-high ODIS has several onboard computers. where 18-wheeler semitrailer trucks can form lines for as long as a mile waiting for inspections before entering the ports.tom T5Sr S MEASUREMENT SYPRIS The One You Choose For RF & Microwave Testing RF Test Services • Component Qualification • Component Management Across the Supply Chain • Life Testing • Characterization • Burn-in/Environmental Testing Bipolar. which has been depioyed to iraq and Afghanistan. where they went into use at active checkpoints. BBN Technologies. wiierevei you 3ie. aerospace and avionics. and contraband on the undercarriages of highway vehicles. Military planners expect the WINT program to set standards and protocols for FCS applications and network hosts not only to provide broad-area real-time data networking. video terminals. We serve leading corporations and government agencies in a variety of market sectors.. Solers. General Dynamics Decision Systems. for short — the robot is an alternative to the "mirroron-a-stick" inspection method for detecting explosives.S.calibrationandrepair.8 3 9 . Us unmatched conligurabilitv and uiipfecPdpnied resoluHon make n [\\c. Mich. HBFs GaAs. Twenty ODIS robots went to Iraq and Afghanistan last spring. national command authorities. Existing systems such as MSE must have their network nodes at fixed sites to keep the network in operation. the future joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) inside combat vehicles. Companies working with Cenerai Dynamics in the WIN-T competition include BAH Systems. It is likely that both companies will have substantial stakes in future WIN-T development. f3 MiCROVlSTA Deployable rugged workstation Real-time Ccnuniind b CnnKol. 24-7 Access to Cai Records www. with one winner expected soon. were the finalists in competition to design and build WINT at presstime..coni wiviv. and foot soldiers in the FCS project is called the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical — better known as WIN-^T.special report Remotely operated vehicle-inspection robot sees duty in Iraq Researchers from the U. Pa. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren. The operator controls the robot from as far away as 100 yards with an operator control unit integrated into a vest and thigh pack.com 800-839-4959 Nationwide Locations .ivefest.com Calibration & Repair Services • Capabilities range from AC/DC low frequency to Rr Microwave up to 50GHZ and Physical/Dimensional ISO 9001-2000 Registered ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited (A2LA) NiST Traceable 15 Fixed Site Locations Nationwide 13 Mobile Calibration Labs On-Lire. The WIN-T will enable all Army commanders. is a remotely operated robot that inspects the undercarriages of cars and trucks for explosives or contraband. says Dr.milaero.8-inch video screen and multifunction joystick for one-hand operation. MKBiiVwt combines high-end compuiing power wilti lugged diipiay lethnology into 3 large-lorma!. evaluatior} and calibration services. Kuchera Industries in Windber. Hiimbei onC' rhotce tor mission-criticai deoiionmakmy. Additional early production robots may be available for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan this fall. This future high-speed and high-capacity backbone communications network will use land-based wired and wireless communications systems. DynCorp.S. OPNET Technologies.ii www. Army and the University of Utah developed a remote-control robot. or ODIS. Grant Gerhart. and tactical forces in the field to exchange information with wired or wireless telephones. as well as satellites to create the military data "infosphere" that defense planners have been seeking for decades. mission-dilpcal deci^rori-making. The robots are deployed at checkpoints in Iraq and Afghanistan. hides. FETS MMIC's& Discretes MIL & AERO Qualified ISO 9001-2000 Registered ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited DSCC Suitability DOD. that inspects the undersides of cars and trucks for explosives. chemical detector. suspicious modifications. but also to create "networking on the move.com Military S-Aerospace Electronics I October 2004 .4 9 5 9 Or e-mail us at testinfo@sypris. ODIS is also seeing experimental use at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. and active lighting.Sec Corp. single person transportable opeiator st(i!ion. assembles the ODIS. The robots also can be fitted with radiation sensor. Division Manager at 8 0 0 . manned and unmanned aircraft. FOR MORE INFORMATION: McEntee. Called the Omni-Directional Inspection System — or ODIS.sypris. Calif. / n c a leadirig provider of thirdparty test.. Visit www.com www.. .. or loudspeaker so the robot controller can communicate with vehicle drivers. while keeping the robot's operator out of harm's way. In addition to military use. commanders. and Lockheed Martin Corp. 2 7 . Laguna Industries Inc. and Veridian. ODIS has potential use for a wide range of homeland-security applications. (Sarro's new MicRoViiiA woikslalioii bftngs vuu the higti-end processing power to do it all. Whpipvef youi miisitin l<ikfs you t mcir . Northrop Grumman Corp. advaiicpd ^duMional awiirerieis. Cenerai Dynamics Corp. computers. senior research scientist at the U. DOE We are Sypris Test & Measurement. Log. and the Tri-Service Tactical Communications System (Tri-Tac).. camera." where theater-level networks remain intact during fast-moving tactical operations.. The control unit has a 6. and most likely with relatively old existing military communications systems such as the Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE).bareodefense. The Omni-Directional Inspection System.

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