Upon the successful completion of the formal evaluation, the Army plans to outfit most of its soldiers with CIDDS systems.
CIDDS is a two-part system that attaches to the individual soldier's helmet and rifle.
If the target is a soldier wearing CIDDS helmet, the system immediately sends an encrypted radio signal that identifies him as friendly to the potential shooter.
Two additional CIDDS capabilities were also evaluated - the Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) function and the infrared-aiming laser, which allows CIDDS users acquire and aim at targets more quickly during low-light situations.
To this end, the CIDDS gear has a stand-alone MILES training capability; the gear can be used to conduct MILES-type training exercises by itself, or with MILES-equipped mixed forces.
CIDDS will have the capability to support training and combat needs.
If the Army chooses to exercise all options, total procurement could exceed 80,000 CIDDS units.
A key CIDDS
requirement is that the system be interoperable with the BCIS.
is required to be interoperable with the current Battlefield Combat Identification System being developed for ground vehicles by TRW Space & Electronics Group.