- Next evolution of wearable targeting equipment for the digital battlefield
- Communications gateway ensures speed, simplicity and data integrity
Ottawa. May 30 2018. Rockwell Collins has unveiled FasTAK™, a new tactical combat targeting system and secure communications gateway for success in today’s digital battlefield. The company is showcasing the solution for the first time at the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ CANSEC trade show .
“FasTAK simplifies a complex set of tasks for users, helping them carry out missions more efficiently while remaining agile,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “From units on the move to command and control, the system provides reliable, secure connectivity across the battlefield.”
The FasTAK solution features a wearable targeting system available in Microsoft Windows® and Android™ operating systems. Using a mobile phone or tablet, the system is populated with easy-to-use applications to arm warfighters with powerful communications data that integrates with existing lasers, radios and GPS devices. The standard system delivers with a fully-integrated set of hardware that includes a laser range finder, tactical computer, video downlink receiver and the FasTAK digital targeting software. The wearable equipment boasts a low weight compared to legacy solutions, with the Windows variant weighing less than six pounds and the Android variant under three pounds.
To enable tactical interoperability and digital connectivity with the targeting system, the FasTAK Gateway combines Rockwell Collins’ Link 16 terminal, TacNet™ Tactical Radio and an AN/PRC-162(V)1 Manpack radio into one transportable unit. Data link processor software, running on simple laptop hardware, manages the data links, radio frequencies and data forwarding for the equipment in a lightweight, transportable container.
For more than 20 years, Rockwell Collins has provided Joint Fires solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, NATO and coalition forces that have improved communication and speed for successful tactical operations.