The ground CID picture for BQ+ was generated by BTID. BTID is a vehicle-mounted transmitter/receiver that sends a millimeter wave via a low probability of intercept/low probability of detection signal back and forth from an air or ground platform to identify a target.
To achieve this, we integrated the BTID technology in a digitized BTID-equipped forward air controller application, a future BTID Transponder Airborne Platform Surveillance System (BTAPSS) application, a BTID cruiser weapons system application, as well as our land forces command and control system," Mifflin said.
BTID services only the platform-to-platform domain (M1, M2/M3, Stryker, and LRAS3) where as Radio-Based Combat Identification (RBCI) addresses the Ground-to-Ground and Air-to-Ground domains from an indirect and close air support perspective.
A system like BTID would have no positive impact on these incidents.
"Three countries are developing BTID systems, and they're all different," Banta said.
By more clearly identifying friendly forces, the BTID equipment enabled Robinson's crew to concentrate more sharply on enemy targets, he said.
BTID is based on the Battlefield Combat ID System (BCIS), which was canceled because of cost and questions about interoperability between U.S.
BTID and RBCI are scheduled to finish testing by 2005.
"In those cases, a combat-ID system like BTID
or DSID will be the only system that works fast enough." The idea is to provide multiple means of identifying friendly forces, from information on position to thermal panels mounted on the sides of vehicles to combat-ID technology.
Can the BTIDS
, an automated query-and-respond system, sending signals over millimeter-wave frequencies from one vehicle to another, permit vehicles to identify whether another vehicle off in the haze or the darkness is a good guy?