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Thales, your trusted partner

• Unrivalled experience of naval combat systems
• Vast expertise in systems integration
• Flexible open architecture approach

Pedigree in international programmes
Long-term industrial partnerships
• Transfer of technology opportunities COMBAT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
• Software development centres worldwide
• High value-added lifetime support


Thales Nederland
P.O. Box 42 7550 GD Hengelo
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 74 248 81 11
Fax: +31 74 242 59 36
the future
The maritime battlespace of the 21st century presents a This in turn demands command and information management
multitude of command challenges to the naval warfighter. platforms that can exchange, fuse and synchronise multi-source
Picture compilation in crowded littoral operating areas, tactical data into a clear and unambiguous tactical picture.
force protection against irregular and asymmetric threats,
coordination of joint and combined forces afloat and ashore, Embedded training, ranging from individual operator skill refresh
and the requirement to interoperate within wider international to full mission rehearsal is another important user requirement
coalitions all demand a real-time command information as force generation imperatives drive the provision of high
infrastructure that is capable, resilient, adaptable and quality afloat training. There is also a growing recognition of the
responsive to change. importance that architecture plays in life-cycle management,
with the adoption of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products
Concurrently, maritime operations are being transformed by and open systems environments intrinsic to delivering a
network-enabled information architectures that exploit wide capability that is robust, sustainable, upgradeable and
bandwidth connectivity and high-speed communications. affordable through-life.

The Thales TACTICOS Combat Management System (CMS)

captures these diverse user requirements, building on a
continuous evolution in hardware, middleware, software and
operational applications to deliver a fully distributed system
architecture for tactical picture compilation, decision support,
unit and force coordination, sensor and weapon assignment,
information exchange, mission planning and embedded training.

By aligning proven systems engineering pedigree to a certified

Open Architecture Computing Environment (OACE) Level 4
compliant open architecture, TACTICOS has been continuously
developed to meet emerging operational needs, while at
the same time leveraging the best and latest innovations in
commercial information and communication technology. It also
capitalises on leading edge human factors research to optimise
both the operator interface and the command environment.

Now firmly established as the international market leader

in surface ship command and battlespace management,
TACTICOS offers a proven equipment integration record for
low risk implementation, an extensive library of functionalities
and an assured future growth path. Capitalising on over one
million man hours of software development, its track record
of success extends across 16 navies and over 135 platforms,
and includes licensed software development and system
customisation to meet specific user needs and business

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sales record
Banga Bandhu Class Comandante João Belo Class
FFGH (1x) FF (3x)

Sachsen Class Barzan Class
FFGHM (3x) PGGFM (4x)


Braunschweig Class Kwanggaeto The Great Class
FSGHM (5x) DDGHM (3x)


Bremen Class KDX-II Class (FC)
FFGHM (8x) DDGHM (3x)


Brandenburg Class KDX-II Class Batch 2 (FC)
FFGHM (4x) DDGHM (3x)


Elli Class (Mod) Dokdo Class
FFGHM (6x) LPD (1x)

Laskos Class (Mod) T91 Class
PGGF (4x) CPC (3x)

Pyrpolitis Class Batch 2 Barbaros Class
PGG (4x) FFGHM (4x)

Roussen Class Dogan Class (Mod)
PGGM (5x) PGGF (4x)

Todak Class Kiliç Class
PBO (4x) PGGF (9x)

Sigma Class Yildiz Class
FS (4x) PGGF (2x)


Zeven Provinciën Class PVL (4x)
FFGHM (Infra, 4x)

Qahir Class POV (4x)
FSGMH (2x)


Orkan Class (Mod) GD LCS (1x)
FSGM (3x) ICMS in license by
Northrop Grumman

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by the
Drawing on the combined resources of Working in partnership with our
a global multi-domestic enterprise, and customers and suppliers, Thales is able
a rich heritage in the naval domain, the to offer holistic combat system solutions
Above Water Systems business line of for the full spectrum of surface vessel
Thales designs, develops and integrates applications. Over the last 40 years, we
maritime combat system solutions to have managed and delivered over 30
meet the demanding requirements of programmes, encompassing more than
navies worldwide. 150 individual platforms.

Our total capability in the maritime By combining our proven expertise in

domain is underpinned by the skills, combat system engineering with an
expertise and technology necessary to extensive experience of programme
engineer sensor, weapon and command management we are able to take a full
systems scaled to individual customer lead systems integrator role on behalf
needs. These extend from basic of our clients. Our scope of service
surveillance and fire control capabilities embraces all phases of acquisition - from
through to the most complex net-enabled requirements capture, functional analysis
multi-warfare combat systems. and cost/capability trade-off through
to subsystem selection, interface
Thales understands that every management, physical and functional
customer is different, and so we offer integration, test and acceptance.
total flexibility in our scope of supply,
from full service turnkey solutions to Thales has integrated weapons of US,
stand-alone product sales. We offer Asian and European origin. Our capability
comprehensive lifecycle support services, has also been proven in major mid-life
and have frequently demonstrated our modernisation programmes, where we
ability to work with a diverse range of have overcome the constraints and
local industrial partners and systems complexities of legacy installations to
houses to meet requirements for inward innovatively introduce new sensors and
technology transfer and indigenous command systems. This allows our
capability management through life. customers to maximise their platform
investment while still reaping the benefits
of new, state-of-the-art functionality.

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to match
your needs
The TACTICOS CMS integrates all constituent parts TACTICOS is architectured according to the principals
of the combat system to deliver a fully optimised of segmentation, model-driven engineering and
‘system of systems’ capability that meets all essential component-based design, all underpinned by a robust
requirements for: realtime information backbone. It contains three
principal functional segments:
• Picture compilation and track management
• Navigation • Command and Control, providing real-time
• Threat evaluation and resource allocation situational awareness, multi-source sensor data
• Coordination of tactical assets (including helicopters fusion, sensor management, automated recognition
and watercraft) and identification, threat evaluation/resource
• Tactical information exchange allocation, and tactical information exchange
• Mission planning and command support
• Onboard training and simulation • Combat Execution, providing automated threat
• CMS configuration management prioritisation and engagement scheduling, and
optimising ship weapon systems responses to
In addition, TACTICOS can be adapted to meet the maximise the probability of survival against multiple
specific operational requirements of its host platform. simultaneous threats
These functional capabilities can encompass both
warfighting tasks (such as anti-air warfare, anti- • Command Support, providing an environment
surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, electronic for medium-to-long term mission planning and
warfare, mine warfare and aviation support) and execution, force coordination, dissemination of
Operations Other Than War (OOTW, for example, the recognised maritime picture, formatted data
search and rescue, pollution control, logistics and law handling, and access to intelligence repositories and
enforcement). databases

TACTICOS has been continuously evolved through its This approach corresponds to a three-tier net-
life, and has successfully integrated with a wide variety centric model, represented by an awareness grid, an
of guided weapons, naval guns, surveillance radars, engagement grid and a planning grid, that ensures
tracking sensors, EW systems, sonars, soft-kill decoys, optimum information flow, seamless interoperability and
datalinks and communications. To date, over five robust multi-level security.
million lines of application software have been coded
for TACTICOS, enabling customers to select proven
functional modules available off-the-shelf.

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Open by
TACTICOS has been continuously evolved TACTICOS adheres to a Common
to embody a COTS-based open systems Entity Model (CEM) as implemented
architecture certified to OACE Level 4, by the OpenSplice-DDS middleware
and a Data Distribution Standard (DDS) product. Fully accredited to the OMG’s
compliant to the Object Management DDS standard, OpenSplice DDS is an
Group (OMG) DDS standard. By partitio- information broker architecture, built
ning the system into a hierarchical on unmodified COTS standards for
structure that insulates the application networking, operating systems and
layer from changes in the underlying hardware platforms, that provides
hardware, modifications and upgrades to a comprehensive set of distributed
system functionality or performance can infrastructure services to support
be accomplished at one or more layers a guaranteed quality of service for
without altering the existing equipment, reliability, latency and persistency.
procedures, and protocols elsewhere.
As both an architecture and a supporting
This approach permits regular upgrades middleware, OpenSplice DDS delivers
so as to enable additional functionality fault-tolerant, real-time performance
to be rapidly inserted to meet emerging by promoting autonomous software
threats. Also, through the wholesale components that used a normalised
adoption of vendor-independent COTS interaction environment to share
hardware and software, new lifecycle properly modelled and distributed system
support and sparing schedules can information. This ensures the right data
be introduced that are matched to at the right place at the right time.
performance, reliability and product
obsolescence. A comprehensive set of infrastructure
services ensures reliable, robust and
What’s more, TACTICOS software has realtime information exchanger, allowing
been developed to offer full functional application development to focus on
redundancy. The system has no business logic rather than infrastructure
single point of failure because the coding. In addition, the OpenSplice
proven OpenSplice DDS middleware DDS architecture is characterised
manages system availability through by maximum application component
the dynamically allocation of software autonomy, translating into reduced
modules across any available computing complexity, true scalability, enhanced
resource. re-usability and simplified component
The use of an open system architecture,
not linked to any bespoke hardware Our OpenSplice-DDS implementation
standards, provides our customers with of the OMG-DDS standard is currently
a futureproofed and supplier neutral available for the following languages and
solution that simplifies lifecycle support, platforms:
promotes adaptation, enables legacy
integration, readily accepts technology Language Platforms
insertion and avoids proprietary lock-in. C/C++ Sparc/Solaris
Java Intel/Linux
Ada PowerPC/VxWorks

The OMG-DDS description and Application

Program Interface specification are
publicly available on the internet.
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Effective decision making for command Key TACTICOS attributes contributing
and control is dependent upon a clear to situational awareness include:
and comprehensive understanding of the - Picture Compilation, provides the
location and behaviour of objects within Common Tactical Picture (CTP), which
a dynamic and complex battlespace. is an unambiguous representation of
This in turn drives the need for the tactical situation around the own
objective, timely and accurate detection, ship and/or the force
robust classification and unambiguous
identification of entities within a volume - Recognition and Identification,
of time and space to provide a full using available sensor information
appreciation of the tactical picture and (including kinematics, IFF respon-
how it may change in the near future. ses and signatures) combined with
empirical knowledge of expected and
TACTICOS achieves Situational Awareness deviant behaviours
across the air, land, surface and
subsurface environments by assimilating - Sensor management, providing
and associating multi-source information automated and semi-
from both organic sensors and non- automated optimisation of organic
organic information feeds. By applying a sensor performance settings and
range of automated fusion, identification sensor cueing according to the
and correlation techniques, the system current operational situation
is able to provide the command with a
complete and up-to-date visualisation of - Geographical Situation Display,
the operational situation. provides a geographical overview
of the tactical situation,
including maps in several map formats
(for example S57 or Digital Terrain
Elevation Data (DTED)) and monitor
and control facilities for radar video
and TV video display

The Sensor Services group within
TACTICOS hosts modules related to the
provision of continuous surveillance and
recognition by shipborne sensors. There
are three functional areas:

- Above Water Fusion provides

measurement of real-world objects to
situational awareness capabilities
based on organic sensor data

- Sensor Control hosts functionality

relating to the integration, monitoring - Own Ship Data and Environment
and technical control of all integrated Data takes responsibility for
sensor subsystems (typically including the integration of own ship data
radar, IFF, electro-optics, electronic (such as course and speed) and
warfare and sonar) environmental data (for example,
air temperature and barometric
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Decision and Operational
Execution Support
The Assessment, Decision and Execution group incorporates The Operational Support group encompasses the control of
functionality to assess the tactical situation, to decide air assets, and support for navigation functions.. These are
which actions are to be prepared and subsequently take the grouped as three segments:
appropriate actions, with respect to:
- Threat evaluation, (non-short term) decision-making for - Air Support provides functionality for airspace control and
target engagements and subsequently target engagement aircraft control (including operator functions and
planning, at both own ship and force level automated support for airspace management, tactical
- Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) air operations, and helicopter control and recovery
- Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW)
- Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) - UxV Support enables remote control of Unmanned Aerial
- Electronic Warfare (EW) Vehicles (UAV), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) and
- Land Attack Warfare (LAW) provides support to combat Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV), primarily for
shore targets with own ship effectors intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions
- Warfare Management includes target engagement execution
and additional engagement support facilities like kill - Navigation Support supports the command team in
assessment and splash spotting navigation operations, encompassing both general navigation
- Mine Warfare (MW) provides support in mine laying and safety at sea (such as navigation route handling and
operations in patterns or at random collision avoidance) and tactical navigation (for example,
- Asymmetric Warfare encompasses facilities to encounter Closest Point of Approach calculations and stationing
threats that have markedly different military capabilities and calculations)
uses non-standard tactics such as terrorism
- Amphibious Operations (AMOP) enable the Command team
to conduct amphibious operations, for example dealing with
fast insertion of a moderate sized landing force

Operations Other Than War (OOTW) focuses on maritime

aspects like maritime safety, maritime law enforcement,
national defence and humanitarian assistance

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Data Link Mission Planning
System and Control
Tactical information exchange via datalink A flexible and futureproof solution, Complex joint and/or coalition
provides important contributions to MTDLS is able to incorporate various operations involving multiple assets
situational awareness, force level warfare types of datalink and communications and high volumes of information require
and air control, and is acknowledged as bearers. It supports data forwarding the operational command to effect
a prerequisite for participation in current and Link 16 relaying, and optionally dual comprehensive mission preparation and
and future network-enabled operations. Link 11 operation and Link 16 network operational planning.
The full integration of the Multiple Tactical management. Growth potential exists
Data Link System (MTDLS) in TACTICOS for Link 22 and Link 16 Satellite Tactical Mission planning and control functionality
provides the capability to manage NATO Data Link. available through TACTICOS offers a full
standard military data link processing for range of command support tools. This
Link 11 (conforming to STANAG 5511), For non-NATO navies, TACTICOS can also includes the display of the Recognised
Link 16 (to STANAG 5516) and, in due be integrated with Link Y Mk 2 or existing Maritime Picture (RMP), automated
course, Link 22 (growth potential to Link systems. Offering performance at facilities for the generation, presentation
STANAG 5522). least equivalent to Link 11, Link Y enables and execution of an operational plan
the reliable transfer of tactical data for own ship and other units, message
The MTDLS enables the exchange of amongst participating units and pickets handling (using IRIS or equivalent), and
tactical information such as track data, via an encrypted radio network. access to a range of decision aids and
engagement status, weapon system operational databases.
and platform status data, command
messages and air control data. It also Our command support environment is
supports network track management fully compatible and interoperable with
processing such as link track number government furnished RMP software
handling, reporting responsibility such as the Maritime Command and
processing, correlation and de- Control Information System (MCCIS).
correlation, and conflict detection and Extensions to MCCIS, using additional
resolution. software segments, include amphibious
warfare, intelligence, mine warfare,
logistics and NATO/national intranet.
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Training and Computer
Simulation Interface
Tactical training can be performed in any one of three modes: Increasing flows of sensor and intelligence data, accompanied by a
Using the simulation facilities shift towards smaller command teams, demands the provision of an
- Operational mode, where the system is used with real sensors, effective, efficient and intuitive operator interface. By matching the
embedded with TACTICOS, a weapons and real-world objects latest graphical user interface techniques to a wealth of ergonomic
and human factors expertise, Thales has created a Human Computer
complete training environment - Central System Simulation mode, where the system is fully Interface that is both operationally flexible and operator friendly.
operational with real sensors, weapons (with appropriate inhibitors)
can be set up on board the and real-world objects, as well as simulated objects Our innovative CMS user interface concept is based on the definition
and application of worksets, each of which is a functionally coherent
host platform so as to permit - Full System Simulation mode, where (a part of) the system is used set of system services providing the operator with all information, data
in a simulated environment with simulated sensors and weapons and controls necessary to perform a dedicated operational task. The
individual operators to hone workset concept offers high flexibility for the customer and industry in
Based on the HLA standard, the training and simulation functionality defining, designing and maintaining the content and layout of screens
or refresh their knowledge within TACTICOS contains a large set of instructor applications of the operator consoles.
enabling the creation, execution and monitoring of training exercises.
and skills in realistic Stimulators and simulators embedded at subsystem level allow suitably TACTICOS is used by a collective operator team that shares common
scaled scenarios to be created in a high fidelity synthetic environment, systems and resources, with each operator allocated a number of
operational scenarios. It accurately replicating the performance and behaviours associated with operational tasks, responsibilities and authorisations. A Multifunction
real-world assets and live operations. A 3D viewer is available to allow Operator Console (MOC), comprising a high resolution display and input
also enables full command for the evaluation of training scenarios in a 3D environment. devices (a pointing device, a keyboard and programmable display keys)
provides the physical interface.
team tactical training to be TACTICOS can be configured so that even if part of the CMS is
being used in training mode, the rest of the system can remain fully All available data is processed by TACTICOS, but only the relevant
accomplished on board. operational. Furthermore, the system can use an HLA gateway to data and derived information that an operator needs to perform his
allow federated or confederated training to be performed with other operational task is required to be displayed.
training partners across a wide area simulation network.

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Command System
Environment Integration
Requirements for managing increased and decompose the functional chains The complex nature of the modern Applying the wealth of our systems
information flow, effective command within the command team, and develop maritime combat system demands engineering expertise, allied to the most
chain management, enhanced interaction concepts so as to optimise an integrator with the experience advanced development and simulation
interoperability and reduced manning are the Operations Room organisation. and expertise to effectively manage tools, Thales can offer a full spectrum
collectively driving the need for optimised all activities required to deliver an of combat system integration services.
Operations Room environments taking Working in close cooperation with the integrated sensor, weapon and command These include concept analysis,
full account of operator ergonomics and end user, we harness the powerful suite as part of a fully functional naval feasibility and performance modelling,
command team cohesion. visualisation capabilities afforded by platform. requirements capture, system design
computer-aided design toolsets and and manufacture, functional and physical
Thales draws on long experience, deep synthetic environments to model and Thales excels in this field. Our proficiency integration, test and acceptance, training
expertise and a culture of innovation assess alternative layout concepts. in combat systems engineering, aligned and post-design support.
to help customers design, engineer, These facilities include real-time to strong management disciplines,
configure, test and commission interactive layout design with embedded allows us to provide a total integrated Our knowledge and skills translate
Operations Room environments that facilities for online evaluation in a 3D weapon system solution that achieves into added value for our customers.
are optimised against both mission visual environment, and a state-of-the- the optimum balance between cost, risk Furthermore, the inherent scalability of
and cost. Our extensive knowledge of art Virtual Reality Theatre in which the and programme. We also understand the the TACTICOS open architecture enables
human factors and collaborative working nascent operational environment is critical dependencies that exist between us to provide solutions for all ship types,
environments, taking into account presented, modelled and designed in a the combat system and the host ship ranging from low intensity patrol craft
verbal communications, fields of regard, high fidelity synthetic environment. platform and services, and therefore right through to the most capable multi-
and operator interactions, enables the need to minimise impacts on new warfare surface combatants.
us to perform task analysis, evaluate construction or refit programmes.
Thales works in partnership with major
An objective and rigorous systems shipbuilders and prime contractors to
engineering process is critical to ensure delivery on time, at cost, and
achieving success. We work in close to specification. We are unfettered by
cooperation with end users, shipyards corporate allegiance, and agnostic in our
and prime contractors to decompose choice of partners. This is demonstrated
functional, physical, technical and by the successful relationships we
logistical integration activities and so have forged with shipbuilders and
derive credible task-based schedules prime contractors in Germany, Greece,
and delivery milestones. Intrinsic to this Indonesia, the Netherlands, South Korea,
approach is a robust risk management Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United
process applied at all stages of the Kingdom and the United States.
project lifecycle to control and retire
programme risk.

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In an increasingly globalised world, Thales
recognises the value of a business model
that is open, adaptable, and meets
the sovereign industrial and security
requirements of our customers.

TACTICOS demonstrates how these ideals

can be put into practice. Through the
adoption of a product line philosophy, and
exploiting the resource available across
the Global Asset Store, we can foster
collaboration so as to promote efficient
software re-use and maintenance.
This may be delivered through domestic
Thales subsidiaries, via joint ventures,
or in partnership with local companies
and/or government agencies. The Global
Asset Store contains approximately 60
application software modules and about
30 infrastructure software modules.

By taking responsibility for software

development and maintenance in-house,
customers can configure and upgrade
TACTICOS to meet their own unique
requirements. This could include post-
design adaptations to accommodate new
peripherals, modified or new interfaces,
or new functionalities matched to specific
systems and operating doctrines.

Thales has extensive experience

and expertise to fully support the
establishment of local software
development centres. This includes
transfer of technology and training
provision to enable the establishment and
development of in-country knowledge.
- United States (Thales North America,
Northrop Grumman, Raytheon)

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The net-centric
- Australia (Thales Australia)
- Canada (Thales Canada)
- France (Thales Underwater Systems)
- Germany (Atlas Elektronik, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC),
EADS, Thales Defence Deutschland, T-Systems, and the German
Navy’s Erprobungszentrum/Ausbildungszentrum (EZ/AZ) centre)
- Greece (Signaal Hellas)
- Netherlands (Thales Nederland)
- Poland: (Marine Technology Center)
- Portugal (Edisoft)
- South Africa (ADS)
- South Korea (STC)
- Turkey (Yaltes, Turkish Navy Software Development Centre)
- United Kingdom (Thales Underwater Systems)
- United States (Thales North America, Northrop Grumman,

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