Four divisions of General Dynamics are participating in the AUSA 2020 virtual event this week: Land Systems, Ordnance & Tactical Systems, Information Technology, and Mission Systems (GDLS, GDOTS, GDIT and GDMS respectively). They will highlight products and services that enable the US Army’s cross-functional teams by developing new, innovative and affordable solutions that meet their core needs.
GDMS, specifically, will focus on strengthening performance and enhancing capability in multi-domain operations (MDO), demonstrating a variety of individual systems.
Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS): a dedicated, all-weather, 24-hour, ground-based tactical electronic support and electronic attack system providing commanders with options to create multiple dilemmas for adversaries by decreasing sensor-to-shooter timelines. Commanders will be able to detect, locate, identify the enemy and to act/react/counter with non-lethal effects by denying, disrupting, and degrading the enemy’s ability to communicate, coordinate, and synchronise. TEWS is platform-independent, modular and suitable for any vehicle. It supports stationary, dismounted, mobile and man-pack operations. In similar fashion, the Tactical EW-Light (TEWL) solution provides electronic support capabilities for expeditionary forces. TEWL is integrated on a FLYER-72 vehicle and provides an air-droppable solution that can be quickly deployed in contested environments.
Multi-Domain Operations Weapons System: a platform-independent capability that is an expeditionary, modular, tailorable, scalable platform, providing mission command, armed reconnaissance and artillery forward observer personnel with integration of SIGINT, EW and cyber effects against anti-access/area denial threats. It features mounted jam-resistant friendly forces tracking capability, Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (MAPS) GEN-1 technology and a tethered drone to bridge the ISR gap and to boost speed, precision and lethality.
Rugged Armored Vehicle Network (RAVN) Kit/Network Extension Kit (NEK): Through internal investments, GDMS has developed the RAVN Kit to extend mobile network capability to Armored Brigade Combat Teams. Tailored to improve and extend the Integrated Tactical Network and building on lessons learned from a similar effort integrating a NEKs on STRYKERs, it facilitates mobile and survivable command posts.
Secure Data Fabric: integrates GD’s proven tactical data management and multi-level security Enterprise Cyber Security products and experience, creating a unified data environment across echelons regardless of data source and security level. Designed to be hosted on the current Army Tactical Network and hardware, Secure Data Fabric supports multiple computing environments and makes data visible, discoverable, accessible and understandable, while seamlessly connecting Army systems and mission partner environments.
Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS): GDMS and Dedrone have partnered to integrate mission-critical solutions with Dedrone’s drone detection and defeat technologies. The technology portfolio combines machine-learning software with best-in-class hardware sensors, electronic attack methods such as smart jamming, and defeat weapons to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats.
GPS Source Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (APNT) and GPS Data Transmission: APNT and GPS signal retransmission solutions such as the US Army’s MAPS GEN-1 (currently being fielded) and the ECHO-II Smart Repeater provide critical timing and position data in GPS-denied and -degraded environments. MAPS GEN-1, based on the GPS Source SENTRySCOUT system, provides valid and APNT data, independent of the availability or integrity of GPS signals. The core of the MAPS GEN-1 system, the ED3 PNT Hub, is widely used in a variety of ground vehicle applications and is the lead platform for Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE), making the ED3 your path to M-Code. The next generation of APNT system is currently in development. When GPS indoor transmission is the primary concern, the ECHO-II is a reliable signal repeater ideal for ground vehicles, aircraft, and buildings when time-to-first-fix is critical.
Synthetic Training Environment (STE): a next-generation extended reality live training solution, fresh from a recent user assessment at Ft Benning, providing a software-based, tailorable and fully immersive training experience. Partnering with the best of industry to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technologies, the GDMS solution provides capabilities now and sets the foundation for future solutions supporting the Army’s complex, multi-domain fight.
Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5): provides DoD users rapid, affordable access to a wide range of COTS computing and network equipment for tactical operations. GD provides technical assistance and logistics support for a wide range of services, from rapid repair and replacement of equipment at strategically located Regional Support Centers, to deployment of field service personnel to CHS-5 user locations worldwide. Available to all military services and across the federal government, CHS-5 contract is a ‘one stop shop’ for tactical IT hardware solutions.
Next Generation Army Standard Family of Shelters (ASF): GD is concluding the development to address today’s ever-changing operational requirements. The shelters feature a modern, lightweight and durable design that will enable them to operate in most extreme environments. They can be quickly deployed on the ground or on the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, delivering the flexibility and mobility needed to quickly transport, deploy, and move the shelters. They can be used for multiple applications, including command posts, kitchens, maintenance shops and medical facilities. In addition, as the demand for larger Rigid Wall Shelter systems increases, GD has restarted production of the Modular Extendable Rigid Wall Shelter (MERWS), which will provide increased shelter capacity for C2 centres as well as deployable debriefing facilities.
Advanced Vetronic Systems: GDMS-Canada’s system delivers a technological advantage through mission-critical solutions for combat platforms, leveraging a global reputation for excellence in tactical computing and displays, fire control and turret stabilisation, video distribution and processing, and tactical intercom and C2/C4ISR networking. Solutions and next generation systems coming online are grounded with the company’s operationally-proven pedigree and offer exponential leaps in technological capability and SWaPc improvements to support troops in mission success.
TACLANE-Nano (KG-175N) Encryptor: now NSA-certified, the TACLANE-Nano is the smallest, lightest and most power-efficient High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor (HAIPE) currently available. Designed with the latest in crypto modernisation technology to provide protection for voice, video and data classified up to Top Secret at 200 Mb/s aggregate throughput, it is MS-810G ruggedised to withstand the rigours of any mobile environment, from backpack to flyaway kit to deployable systems and platforms.
TACLANE-ES10 (KG-185A) E-Series Encryptor: The New TACLANE E-Series Ethernet Data Encryption (EDE)-compliant encryptors provide high speed, high performance Layer 2 security. The TACLANE-ES10, the smallest, lightest, most power-efficient 20 Gb EDE encryptor, is designed to secure the enterprise backbone, data centre and campus interconnectivity. Designed to and compliant with the latest EDE specification, the TACLANE-ES10 is a cryptographic modernisation replacement for legacy Ethernet (ESS), SONET and other link encryptors.
Persistent Systems GVR5 Dual-Band Wave Relay MANET: Designed in collaboration with GDMS, the GVR5 from Persistent Systems is a dual-band mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) solution. Like other Wave Relay MANET devices from the same source, the GVR5 allows users to seamlessly share voice, video, text, sensor, and location data, all while on the move without the need for fixed infrastructure. The hardened GVR5 is specifically designed for integration into infantry fighting vehicles and similar platforms that have unique power systems, ballistic and gunfire shock requirements, and operate complex local area networks. The GVR5 can simultaneously operate on two frequency bands (L/S, L/C, or S/C-bands). It is an ideal solution for Automated-PACE [Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency] because it routes communications over the best available band. Additionally, the GVR5 allows dismounted users carrying MPU5 MANET devices to wirelessly connect to a vehicle's intercom system while in or near the vehicle. The GVR5 can be connected to SATCOM or LTE modems in the vehicle to extend BLOS connectivity to dismounted users – delivering global connectivity to the Wave Relay MANET.