US Army battalion adds D-PICC system

16 March 2018 (Last Updated March 16th, 2018 12:09)

1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-1 ADA) of the US Army has added the Dismounted Patriot Information Coordination Central (D-PICC) system.

US Army battalion adds D-PICC system
Patriot missile launcher system. Credit: Captain Adan Cazarez.

The US Army’s 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-1 ADA) has added the Dismounted Patriot Information Coordination Central (D-PICC) system.

The D-PICC helps enhance the battalion’s ability to carry out command and control operations of four firing Batteries currently located on Okinawa, Japan. It will also help direct identification and engagement orders to subordinate Patriot Batteries.

1-1 ADA executive officer major Patrick Snyder said: “Beyond the great capability the D-PICC provides to our mission, one of the best aspects of the fielding was the support we received from the higher levels of the US Army and industry partners.

“The US Army Battalion adopted a ‘crawl, walk, run’ approach to training to prove the capabilities of the D-PICC.”

“The assistance provided by the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capabilities Manager, as well as the fielding team that Raytheon brought forward with the equipment ensured that we were able to seamlessly integrate this great capability.”

It also allows for the battalion’s Information Coordination Central tactical weapons control system to be moved from a vehicle into a collection of transportable cases.

The US Army Battalion adopted a ‘crawl, walk, run’ approach to training to prove the capabilities of the D-PICC.

In addition, several exercises involving their Tactical Operations Center, battle staff, and Battery Command Posts were carried out in preparation for a future Battalion-wide field training exercise.

1-1 ADA Operations Officer major Juan Remy said: “We received the D-PICC before the associated manning could be provided, and sourced our crews internally.

“Bringing great soldiers forward from the batteries and training them to direct fires at the battalion level has been challenging, but definitely has shown us the quality of soldiers we are lucky to work with on the Snake Eyes team.”