Mobile and Fixed Ranges
Network Infrastructures provide monitoring and tracking at U.S. Army Home Stations, Combat Training Centers, and Joint Training Centers Worldwide. Complex end-to-end networking and security solutions are designed and fielded based on customer needs. Mobile and permanent telemetry antenna systems provide scalable RF coverage and transmit live feed across multiple sites.
Mobile Homestation Network
The Homestation Network supports up to seven portable RF telemetry repeaters configured for CONUS or OCONUS locations based on frequency requirements. The Modular Mobile Command and Control (MMCC) workstation is used for player tracking, event recording, and After Action Review (AAR). A configurable Opposing Force (OPFOR) set consists of ten stationary targets and ten mobile targets with a MILES shoot-back capability.
Aviation Homestation Interim Package (AHIP)
AHIP combines the scoring data from the Aerial Weapon Scoring System (AWSS), aircraft position and event data from AV-TESS, and pilot and gunner recorded Through-Site Video (TSV) into a single time-synchronized display. This integrated system displays, monitors and tracks instrumented players during training and weapon engagement exercises with playback capability. AHIP consists of three-dimensional steel targets, an Air Ground-Integration (A-GI) village, and the modular AAR. Aircraft video is uploaded into SMOTAR and subsequently synchronized with the playback of gunnery weapons firing and scoring. The AWSS scoring event data includes Bullet Scoring Data, Rocket Scoring Data, and Laser Scoring Data.
Fixed Range Networks
The Aviation Fixed Range Telemetry Network provides the infrastructure for monitoring and tracking players and player events. The telemetry network transmits TESS player instrumentation data to the site-specific Command and Control (C2) system. This system provides player-to-player communications and cooperative engagements. This is the common network used at all CTCs, HITS, and Digital Gunnery Ranges to support training participation for Aviation TESS instrumented players at any and all training locations and events.
The Homestation Instrumentation Training System (HITS) Aviation is designed to enhance training at home stations by instrumenting force-on-force live-training exercises for battalion-and-below units. HITS Aviation leverages AV-TESS to integrate aviation players with HITS ground players and provide Force-on-Force/Force-on-Target collective training with real-time performance monitoring and AARs. Player and event data is transmitted to remote tower sites via the telemetry network. RRUs transmit data via ethernet to the Aviation Gateway located at the HITS EXCON. The Aviation Gateway receives RRU data messages and translates them to LT2 PUXML packets, then transmits them to the HITS EXCON via an XML gateway. Data transmitted from the Aviation Gateway conforms to the approved LT2 Player Unit Interface Control Document (ICD) and is based on the Common Training Instrumentation Architecture (CTIA).
Combat Training Centers
The Army Aviation Data Management System (AADMS) Network is permanently installed at three US Army Combat Training Centers (CTCs), and provides the Air Network Infrastructure required for tracking players and player events. AADMS integrates TESS data from the aircraft SMODIM and Aviation Gateway data translator into the CTC Core Instrumentation System (CIS). AADMS provides improved Radio Frequency (RF) coverage using solar-powered remote-site tower assemblies. Networks include test administration, Observer, Controller (OC) networks, CIS commands, and the AADMS player networks.
- Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk LA
- National Training Center, Fort Irwin CA
- Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels Germany
The DAGIR is the most advanced TESS Force-on-Target (FoT) live fire gunnery range in the US Army. DAGIR receives data from the SMODIM using the Fixed Range network infrastructure. The DAGIR Aviation Gateway utilizes PU-ICD v1.5 compliant Live Training Transformation (LT2) Player Unit XML (PUXML) messages to communicate with the Common Training Instrumentation Architecture (CTIA) and subsequent LT2 components. Like JPMRC and HITS Aviation Gateways, the DAGIR Aviation Gateway communicates directly in PUXML reducing requirements while maintaining fidelity and increasing security. The data is displayed in a separate panel on a Crew Evaluator Workstation (CEW). The CEW screen is captured and recorded for AAR. The video is time tagged, allowing an evaluator to go to a specific point in time. In addition to the Aviation Gateway in the DAGIR, there are two SMOTAR workstations that monitor all aviation players on a separate aviation specific display. These aviation workstations provide the DAGIR EXCON a birds-eye, real-time view of aviation activity on the range, direct from the Aviation Gateway and independent of CTIA. The Range Test Unit (RTU) allows the fixed range to perform end-to-end testing of the DRTS and TESS components prior to the use of any aircraft. Data transmitted from the Aviation Gateway conforms to the approved LT2 Player Unit Interface Control Document (ICD) and is based on the CTIA.
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