Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract for the supply of digital terminal control systems (DTCS) to the Australian Army under Phase 1B of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Project Land 17 programme.
Under the $68m contract, the company will supply a total of 152 systems to the army, to enable the Special Forces and artillery forward observers to identify targets with enhanced accuracy through the use of precision targeting software.
The company will also supply training and integrated logistics support services as part of the comprehensive through-life support programme.
Rockwell Collins Australia managing director Nick Gibbs said: "We’re delivering a user-focused, customised solution that provides the Australian Defence Force with an accurate, combat proven system for air and ground targeting."
Developed from the company’s FireStorm integrated targeting system, the DTCS is a lightweight, fully integrated, mission configurable suite of hardware and software components, enabling precise and rapid engagement of enemy targets by soldiers in the battlefield.
Equipped with a tablet PC, laser range finder, laser target designator, real-time video downlink receiver and manpack radio, the system also features Rockwell Collins’s defense advanced GPS receiver (DAGR) for secure, precise and highly available position information.
The system, which also underwent a rigorous system engineering process to meet the ADF requirements, will be used by the troops to call on fire support from land, sea or airborne weapon systems, including the newly acquired M777 towed howitzer.
The army had earlier purchased 56 DTCS systems in 2010 in support of the Australian and ISAF operations in Afghanistan.
Project Land 17 aims to boost the ADF’s indirect fire support capability by addressing the shortcomings in the tactical joint fires artillery command and control systems, indirect fire system delivery platforms and other indirect fire system elements.
Image: M198 howitzers, being fired during an exercise, will be replaced under ADF’s Land 17 programme. Photo: courtesy of LCPL Marcus D Henry, USMC.