Collins Aerospace has been awarded a contract under Phase 2 of the Australian Department of Defence Land 17 programme, to supply the next-generation Digital Terminal Control Systems (DTCS). The award follows on from the support the company has been giving the programme over the last decade.
DTCS is a targeting system used by Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and Joint Forward Observers (JFOs) to request and coordinate support missions delivered by land, sea or air platforms. A spokesperson from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), explained, “The ADF and Collins Aerospace have developed a partnership, building and sustaining the current in-service system. As an industry partner, they have looked to improve the next-generation DTCS equipment, and have established a support programme to ensure current and future interoperability with joint force and coalition platforms.”
“The next-generation DTCS system provides extended capabilities, such as improved power management for longer mission duration from the equipment power system, and an upgraded night vision targeting equipment to ensure that the [ADF] has the technologies required for the digital battlespace,” added Sonny Foster, Managing Director, Australia.