Elbit Systems Integrated
Component-based exploitation framework (ICE) system is providing the
baseline for the company's approach to the Battle Management System.
Based on a common network protocol, it offers total integration of sensors,
such as observation posts, airborne surveillance, UAVs, satellite imagery
and aerial photography, synthetic aperture radar imagery, and mapping, even
gun sights of tanks can be linked to the system. The system combines
commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware and software packages, with
tactical building blocks designed by Elbit, to link various applications and
levels of command. All elements share a common communications network that
can transfer images and data. The information gathered from these sources is
collected, processed, analyzed and shared by multiple levels, from the
highest command level down to the field units and basic combat elements.
All supported elements are
also sharing the C4I network, therefore enabling seamless access
to information. Every authorized element can gain access to information,
regardless to location, or level in the system hierarchy or type of console
used. This open architecture enables maximum flexibility and future
enhancements, while maintaining high security across the network. The Ground
C4 systems include tactical computers, digital maps, advanced
communications controllers and modems, message handling systems etc.
Specific applications derived from these systems include artillery C4I
systems, currently deployed in 15 countries, brigade level tactical C4I
system managing all information required for operations, intelligence, fire
support and logistics teams, and border surveillance and control. Such
system is currently under construction to integrate, register and secure all
of Israelís air, land and sea gateways.
Operating units include
dedicated computer stations, and compact consoles designed to fit in the
fighting compartments of tanks and APCs, enabling the system to link
directly to the lowest tactical elements.
Among the systems
developed by Elbit for the BMS is the
Enhanced Tactical Computer (ETC),
adaptable to a wide range of armored vehicles, howitzers and mortars, MLRS
launchers, APCs and attack helicopters. A triple Modem PCMCIA communication
controller is also available from Elbit as a common building block for
combat networks. The modem is designed to support combat net radios with
analog or digital interfaces. Elbit is also integrating the Tactical MapCore
system, developed by its subsidiary Mitam, it is a combat situation
awareness system with moving map 3D terrain analysis and mission planning
package, designed for C4I systems.