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C4 for the Battalion Level

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GIAT SIT Battle management system desigend for th eFrench Army, for battalion level and below
When embedded in armored fighting vehicles, or infantry combat suits, Battle Management Systems (BMS) become the basic level of the tactical C4I network. BMS systems commonly rely on information collectively gathered by the unit's elements (tanks, APCs, observations etc) to populate its databases with information about the location, status and intentions of blue and red forces. Specific targets are marked on the BMS displays, providing clear and specific situational pictures to each combat team, allocating tasks and coordinating fire and maneuver over a large area, without the need for visual coordination.

FBCB2The integration of Blue Force Tracking further improves situational awareness and minimizes the risk of fratricide. Displays used on AFVs must have high intensity illumination, to overcome direct sunlight as well as very low illumination, for night operations. Operation usually supports touch screen or pushbuttons, activating a limited number of preset functions, with an embedded pointing device and virtual alphanumeric keyboard. This layout is designed to meet the requirement of operation with full combat gear, in harsh hot, cold and humid conditions, including under full CBRN protection suits.

TouchTable can be used for mobile "sand table"To minimize clutter, BMS units are set to filter information, presenting a limited data set including local units, and targets relevant for immediate engagement. Yet, for planning, situation analysis and providing a broader view when necessary, BMS can present larger views of the area, supporting automated functions of terrain analysis, route planning, generating of orders, status reports, maintain tracks of inventories etc. Such information can automatically route to the brigade, where it is used to create real-time situational reports at the relevant command, service and support center. When used with mechanized infantry units, BMS systems can be detached from the vehicle to support dismounted infantry operations. In this application, wireless (WiFi) links are becoming vital for the integration of the services available on the vehicle, its crew and the dismounted element.

A battalion command team operating Bowman based Combat Information Sysyem

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  Updated: 11/22/2005

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