A2C2SArmy Airborne Command and Control System
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The A2C2S program, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL, has been working on getting a UAV-control capability with the US Army Aviation and Missile Command's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate in Ft.
The technical key to getting such a capability for the EUH-60L is communications, according to A2C2S systems engineer Dave Stamm.
The A2C2S currently consists of five workstations, large-screen displays, and two communications-equipment racks that can be installed in or removed from a UH-60 Black Hawk, allowing the helicopter to conduct ([C.sup.2]) or its traditional transport missions.
The weight of the A2C2S also was a problem, at about 1,500 pounds.
What makes this program attractive, he added, is that much of the technology already had been developed at NRL for the A2C2S. "The timing was right," said Wright.
The lab had been involved in the A2C2S program for several years and built the first two prototypes.
In January the Army augmented Raytheon's existing A2C2S contract by $16 million (from $120 million to $136 million) and called for the delivery of these three systems within 140 days, and the company delivered the third system ahead of schedule.
The A2C2S replaces the legacy AN/ASC-15B/C [C.sup.2] consoles, which will be returned to depot and will likely see use with the National Guard.
As a maneuver commander's command post, the A2C2S could support a corps, a division or a brigade.
In A2C2S, one 130-pound box replaces six full-size computers.
To receive the maximum return from the limited avionics budget, better coupling is desired among the AMPS, A2C2S, Aviation Tactical Operating Center (AVTOC) and aircrew and operation simulation efforts.
The third axis lies in the command, control and simulation area, where the AMPS, AVTOC and A2C2S are linked to form the core of the planning and execution process.