IDEX 2019: Systematic showcased world-leading C2 solutions for land, maritime, and joint domains
The exhibition saw a flurry of activity for Systematic, with high-level briefings for existing and potential customers, as well as for industry.
The Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-based event also provided the opportunity for the latest developments in the SitaWare suite to be demonstrated, with a particular emphasis on the maritime and artillery fire support domains.
Drawing on its expertise in delivering best-in-class command-and-control (C2) systems across all echelons of the battlespace, Systematic’s maritime-focused tools provide a comprehensive Recognised Maritime Picture (RMP) and a range of functionalities that greatly enhance C2 for naval operations.
“We have recognised the benefits that our core software suite can bring to naval commanders,” explains Stig Meyer, Product Manager and Maritime Domain Expert at Systematic, “Adding specific maritime functionality greatly enhances the commander’s decision-making process.”
Systematic is continuing its open-architecture approach, enabling a wide variety of information sources to be drawn upon and ensuring interoperability with partners.
Among the advanced C2 capabilities being brought to the maritime domain is the ability to introduce numerous information overlays in an easy to view and interrogate format, ranging from meteorological data to Air Tasking Orders. Exclusion zones, such as around naval mines, and threat ranges from ground-based air defence systems, for example, can also be displayed and automated alerts established, ensuring that commanders are aware of any dangers presented to their assets.
“As you would expect From SitaWare, interfaces are intuitive and ensure ease of use, it is also straightforward for commanders to tailor the level of detail in the situational awareness picture to meet their requirements,” Meyer notes.
Systematic is also enabling operations in satellite communications-denied environments, with the technology supporting low-bandwidth communication over HF radio.
“Denying satellite communications will be one of the first aims of peer or near-peer adversaries. Our ability to operate over HF can act as a force multiplier and go some way to negating the impact of the loss of SATCOM,” Meyer adds.
Among the other features demonstrated at IDEX 2019 were the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in anomaly detection and track correlation, Systematic has been working with Canadian company Larus Technologies to introduce their expertise in this area.
Elsewhere, Systematic has recognised that the need to quickly undertake accurate and effective artillery missions is a pressing concern for many militaries, at IDEX the ability of teh company's fire support solutions to significantly shorten the sensor-to-shooter cycle, among other benefits, were highlighted.
Delegations were shown how the fires solution seamlessly integrates the forward observer (equipped with SitaWare Frontline), the coordination cell (SitaWare Headquarters), and the gun crew (SitaWare Frontline). It also supports collaboration and interoperability in the fires domain through its use of NATO’s Artillery Systems Cooperation Activities interface.