Daily Archives: May 27, 2008

‘Most Innovative Defense Technology’ 2008 Award Nominee

In May 2008 GyroCam received a follow-on order for the delivery of 500 second phase ‘Vehicle Optic Sensor System’s (VOSS), to be mounted on MRAP and other vehicles operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. VOSS is an integrated system comprising multi-spectral optronic sensors (night vision, day and thermal imaging cameras) mounted on a telescopic mast. Fielded as a standard equipment on current route clearing MRAPs and future Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV), VOSS enables route clearing teams riding on MRAPs to detect, locate, analyze and engage suspected Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from a safe distance, as they patrol and secure roads for patrols or supply convoys. VOSS can also be integrated with a remotely-controlled weapon station for standoff detection and elimination of IED threats.

Gyrocam ISR300 mast mounted EO payload is used as part of the VOSS system, on this Cougar vehicle  in Iraq. Photo: Gyrocam.

ISR300 VOSS system deployed on a RG-31, fitted with slat armor cage . Photo: GyrocamGyrocam has responded to the urgent IED threat in theater by supplying hundreds of mast mounted multi-sensor camera systems for the VOSS program to assist in IED detection” says Greg Rose - Program Managerat Gyrocam Systems, “We support the VOSS program by providing the Gyrocam ISR 300; a multi-mission capable sensor system that integrates advanced thermal imaging, high resolution color, and next generation night vision sensorsinto one package to help in the detection, identification and elimination of dangerous roadside threats. The warfighter depends on our industry leading reliability and performance to provide safe standoff detection and situational awareness for critical route clearance and surveillance missions.  Gyrocam Systems is dedicated to providing force multiplying sensor systems to meet the current and future requirements of our warfighter.”

Reasons for recommendation:

What attracted our interest were deliverables – this program evolved efficiently, delivering great value and lifesaving service to the warfighter in time and within budget constraints. Rapidly responding to the requirements from the field, GyroCam Systems matched the accelerated fielding of the MRAP expediting fully integrated VOSS systems in theater, deploying complex systems within weeks. In total, the company is providing the military some 800 systems. A field support team deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, facilitated all support services necessary to support news users.

A tecnitian from Gyrocam inspects a VOSS EO Payload. Photo: Gyrocam

US Air Force tests new datalinks, integrated command and control to demonstrate precision, strike of time critical targets at JFEX 08

The recent Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008 (JEFX 08) wargame conducted by the US Air Forces’ Global Cyberspace Integration Center conducted last month (April 15-25) provided an opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate the collaborative effort of 15 new communications, information warfare initiatives from all military services. JEFX 08-3 was held simultaneously at the Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and in 10 additional locations across the continental USA and demonstrated hoe the new technologies could empower existing ‘shooters’ and smart weapons engaging high value, time critical targets. According to Col. Stephen Moulton, GCIC Modernization and Innovation Director, “The exercise involved over 150 flights by 33 aircraft, contributing to the assessment of operational utility and technical performance of IP-based airborne networking and the experiment initiatives. Col Moulton presented the exercise to the audience of IDGA 5th Annual ‘Sensor to Shooter” meeting, held last April in Washington DC. The event was sponsored by Defense-Update.

Multi-Service Interoperability and Support

The experiment demonstrated joint operations that included engagement of targets through a synchronized mutually supported effort by Air Force, Army and Navy units utilizing the latest ISR and communications technologies.

Army units at Ft. Monmouth provided ground support and simulated the ‘user end’ of the integrated strike process. In one of the scenarios, first indications of a threat were provided by unattended ground sensors (UGS) and subsequently verified by unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), both elements of the Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. After being evaluated at the FCS unit command post, a request for air support was routed to the Combat Air Operations Center (CAOC), which took over the management of the entire operation.

After a brief review at the CAOC, a request for intelligence was distributed to Army and Air Force services operating Non-Traditional ISR (NTISR) and strike aircraft in the target area. For the first time, those assets included a B-52 bomber and an Apache attack helicopter that could provide actionable intelligence in support of the attack. SIGINT was also engaged at this phase, utilizing integrated electronic surveillance assets controlled under the umbrella of Network Centric Collaborative Targeting (NCCT) and Suter V cyberwarfare assets. While Suter has been employed in past exercises, JEFX 08-3 provided the first opportunity to demonstrate the capability of the most advanced capabilities, operated under the umbrella of Suter V. As targeting request was sent via datalink to the NTISR, ‘shooters’ also received the targeting request and therefore could pursue it much faster, as soon as the relevant information from the NTISR became available.

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