The Raptor miniature computing device is part of Elbit Systems' new Dominator II LD optimized for squad-level C2. Photo: Elbit Systems
The Raptor miniature computing device is part of Elbit Systems’ new Dominator II LD optimized for squad-level C2. Photo: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems of Israel has introduced a subset of the Dominator IICS integrated combat system designed for the dismounted soldier. While the current kit (SC) is designed for company and platoon leaders, focusing on powerful C4I capabilities, the new LD is configured for the squad, supporting both the leader and squad members. Dominator LD employs compact and lighter equipment, geared specifically for the tactical dismounted infantry soldier and Special Forces.

The minimum set employs Elbit Systems’ Raptor rugged, all-in-one wearable computer running a subset of the TORC²H-D battle management command and control (C²) application, supported by the Tadiran PNR-1000 UHF encrypted personal network radio. This radio supports simultaneous duplex exchange of voice conferencing, data and video. Location reporting is embedded in the system utilizing the radio’s integral GPS-AGPSR. Both radio and Raptor are fit into an ergonomically designed load carrying harness. Both systems feed on a central power source (battery) supporting the system for 24 hours, both can also use their internal battery as a backup. The entire system with the central powerpack weighs about 2.2 pounds (1 kg).

The PNR-1000A software based radio offers flexible configuration of command and control in the platoon, operating hierarchical sub-networks for individual teams or squads, spanning over distances of 2-3 km. It also provides intra-team wireless conferencing communications, at transfer rates of up to 1 mbps, as well as interconnectivity to long range VHF/HF/UHF networks, via vehicular intercom system or other interface units. The JS Eyepiece handheld display (used in the CS version) is also available as an option. According to Elbit Systems, the system’s modular design enables the user configure the kit into mission-specific ensembles, to support different operational needs.

The combination of PNR-1000A voice/data communication and the Raptor processing and display capabilities enable the soldier to send and receive information in real-time, view an up-to-the-minute common operational picture shared by other members and higher command level, access live videos from external sensors from Remotely Operated Weapons, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, ground robots and Unattended Ground Sensors, as well as from on-body and on-weapon sensors such as the rifle sight or helmet camera. These images can be captured and transmitted, along with position and other metadata, to other squad members or to the command post. The LD derivative of TORC²H-D was adapted specifically to address Special Forces requirements, featuring optimized man-machine-interface providing more intuitive access to specific tactical-relevant processes, enabling the user to access rapidly the content and functions they need under stressful operating conditions in combat and training.

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