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t’s all about command and control. You can use many words but
at the end, it will come back to the ability of a military force to get
information from sensors; commands from its commanders and
that this information is transmitted in reliable “pipes” that will not
be “clogged” in the most crucial moments of combat.
When Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded a contract by the
Australian Department of Defence for the supply, integration, installation
and support of a very advanced Command and Control system, it looked
the most natural choice. In recent years the Israeli company has become
one of the main sources for Command and Control systems. Based on the
vast combat experience of the Israeli defence forces (IDF), Elbit Systems
has developed a unique set of tools for this mission. This project, to be
implemented over the next three years, will give the Australian army
the capability to use defence network centric warfare systems for battle
management. In the private sector the president of a big company needs
to be able to know what is going on in every department. For this purpose,
the army is a huge corporation.
The capability is aimed at increasing the commander’s situational
awareness and saves him the time needed now to distribute commands
and real time data acquired from many sensors.
The experience of the IDF proves above any doubt that these capabilities
reduce the risk of casualties resulting from friendly fire and - no less
important - the amount of collateral damage if war is in populated areas.
One of the first advantages of a good command and control system
is the capability of the different participants in a war to get an accurate
situational awareness picture. This allows for quick coordination and
effective responses to rapidly changing operational scenarios.
The Israeli company is using its in-house development capabilities to
achieve this aim.
Elbit will only say that it has developed expertise in digitized battlefield
C4I by applying advanced technologies in combination with commercial-
off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software packages.
The system it is understood employs a tactical building-block approach
to link various applications and levels of command implementing a
net-centric concept. Configurations comprise tactical computers, digital
maps, and message handling systems, border surveillance, advanced
communication controllers and modems as well as various components
developed for specific operational needs of “special units”.
Elbit is developing the needed software infrastructure and applications
for mobile and airborne platforms, for the individual soldier, and for
headquarters Command and Control (C2) applications.
With all these assets in hand, Elbit systems is offering comprehensive
integrated solutions of C4I for land forces at all levels. The systems
process, manage and present massive amounts of data arriving from
various sources into a user-friendly format. The system also does another
important thing - in some parts, where this is needed it can prioritize
the data. This is important in a cockpit of a fighter aircraft, this is no less
important in a system like the one designed for the Australian army.
The full Command and Control system includes tactical computing
solutions suited to all applications and to all levels of fighting forces and
communications systems that enable timely and relevant information
dissemination to all “ingredients” of the force, from the individual soldier to
vehicle commanders, deployed command posts and general headquarters.
These communications solutions - the “pipes” - include radio, IP and
Tactical internet is enabled by systems such as Elbit systems Tactical
Multimedia Router (TMR), a unique military grade triple-play IP routing
solution for mobile and deployed command posts.
With the growing number of land, air and sea sensors participating in
building the full picture, Elbit Systems says that its main success in the
development of its command and control system like the one that was
selected by Australia, is enabling modern forces to fully synchronize the
flow of real time data and commands, even in the heat of the battle.
The nature of wars in our times, says Elbit Systems can move very
quickly from Low Intensity Conflicts (LIC) to a full scale war: “Our net
centric system can provide all levels of combat units with the relevant data
at any given moment” an Elbit Systems source said.
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