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Tactical Control System (TCS)

Primary Purpose TCS is a Command and Control (C2) system for the

family of the Air Force's Medium Altitude

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to include

Predator UAVs, the Army Tactical Unmanned Aerial

Vehicles (TUAV) and the Navy and Marine Corps

Vertical Take- Off and Landing TUAV (VTUAV).

Sub-Functions TCS Provides the tactical commander with

information superiority, contributing to the

overall protection of forces and precision

engagement of the enemy.

Equipment Requirements TCS operates on current service hardware i.e.,

Sun Sparc Servers (Air Force)/common hardware and

software-II, Sun Sparc 20s (Army and Marine

Corps) and the Tactical Control Navy (TAC-N).

The system relies on five sub systems: A Line Of

Sight (LOS) antenna assembly, an integrated data

terminal, a data link module, a Personal

Computer (PC) and a synthetic aperture radar sub

system workstation.

Connectivity Requirements UAV TCS software via current Sun/SPARC (Air

Force), CHS-II/SPARC-20 (Army/Marine Corps) and

TAC-N (Navy) service hardware.

Crypto Requirements Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), secure Ultra

High Frequency (UHF), Very High Frequency (VHF)

and High Frequency (HF) radios for digital

message transmission.

Normal Locations The Air Force will incorporate selected

components of the TCS software suite into the

existing Predator UAV ground stations. The Army

and Marine Corps will use TCS as an integral part

of the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled

Vehicle (HMMWV) based ground station. The Navy

will use TCS for UAV operations from ships and

temporary shore sites.

Information Managed TCS provides the war fighter with a scalable,

interoperable and modular C2 capability to

operate existing UAVs on existing computer

systems and future Command Control Computers

Communications and Information (C4I) processing

systems.

Products Created TCS Scalability permits the system to manage the

five discrete levels of TCS to UAV interaction

ranging from receipt and transmission of

secondary imagery and data, to full control and

operation of a UAV including takeoff and landing.

Lead Service/Contractor Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Raytheon

Corporation.

Current Fielding Status Full rate production second quarter of fiscal

year 2000 (2Q FY 00).

Known Problems UAV systems operate using proprietary aerial

vehicle C3I interface software and some unique

hardware. Current UAV systems require separate

unique interfaces for interoperability with

existing C3I systems.

DIICOE Compliance Rating Four.

Point of Contact http://www.nswc.navy.mil/tcs/

Updated by Captain Barton J. Rice, USA, CCSC-01
 

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