The Canadian Army has chosen Rockwell Collins to deliver its Android-based joint-fires solution for the service’s digitally-assisted close air support (DACAS) system.

The joint-fires system will be provided to digitally connect airborne platforms and ground-based joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) using a smartphone.

Under the terms of the deal, Rockwell Collins will develop and service 100 joint-fires applications with the potential for follow-on options.

The company is expected to validate its first systems by mid-2017, allowing the Canadian Army use them in the multinational Bold Quest exercise to be conducted later this year.

Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will also offer in-country service and support in Canada for up to ten years.

Rockwell Collins Canada managing director Lee Obst said: “Migrating away from hardware solutions to commercial off-the-shelf technology drives down cost and provides user-friendly and updatable platforms.

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"The Android joint-fires solution is a great example of leveraging cutting-edge technology for military purposes."

“The Android joint-fires solution is a great example of leveraging cutting-edge technology for military purposes.”

The wearable Android-based system offers a lightweight and user-friendly solution to the Canadian Army, in addition to maintaining complete digital interoperability with a wide range of coalition aircraft and artillery systems.

The joint-fires solution will be developed in Richardson, Texas, US, while Rockwell Collins Canada will directly provide support to the country’s army.

For more than 20 years, Rockwell Collins’ joint-fires solutions have been in service with the US Department of Defense (DoD), US Air Force Tactical Air Control Party programme, Nato and coalition forces.

Image: The Canadian Army selected Rockwell Collins’ joint-fires solution for its digitally-assisted close air support system. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.