US Army to test TITAN tactical space tech during Defender-Europe 20

25 October 2019 (Last Updated October 25th, 2019 11:52)

The US Army is planning to test an initial prototype of the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) tactical space technology during the Defender-Europe 20 multinational exercise.

US Army to test TITAN tactical space tech during Defender-Europe 20
Soldiers with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team observe an impact zone from a forward observation point during Dynamic Front 2019 in Torun, Poland. Credit: Spc Christina Westover.

The US Army is planning to test an initial prototype of the Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) tactical space technology during the Defender-Europe 20 multinational exercise.

The TITAN technology will allow soldiers to perform mission command on a multi-domain battlefield.

Defender-Europe 20 is a US Army Europe-led US European Command exercise that will see around 37,000 troops training in ten countries across the continent in mid-2020.

TITAN is a scalable and expeditionary intelligence ground station. The system makes use of space and high altitude, aerial, and terrestrial layer sensors to deliver targetable data directly to army fires networks.

In addition, TITAN provides ‘multi-discipline intelligence support to targeting, and situational awareness and understanding for mission command’, according to the US Army.

PEO IEW&S brigadier general Rob Collins noted that the army has a network of 100 tactical ground stations and 13 operational ground stations to ensure delivery of information to battlefield commanders.

Collins said: “Some of those are more specific to the echelon, they’re not necessarily tailorable, easy to use or expeditionary as we want them to be.”

The TITAN system seeks to provide ‘deep sensing’ information using ‘intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors from all domains’.

According to officials, the system will deliver deep sensing data to long-range precision strike options to help the army defeat enemy anti-access / aerial denial capabilities.

The army expects to hold an industry day in December at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, to discuss TITAN.

A TITAN space prototype is anticipated to make its debut by early fiscal year 2022.

The system will support battle management command and control. To manage voluminous data, TITAN will use artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

Collins added: “We just don’t collect this data for the sake of collecting it. We collect it so that we can distribute that to kinetic, non-kinetic weapon systems and for commanders to be able to make decisions on the battlefield.”