The system supports the command and control
at divisional, corps and army levels, as well as projection forces.
The system can be deployed in fixed, sheltered or mobile elements. The
system was developed with support of projection and coalition
operations, to support such missions SICF provides an integrated
common situational picture to optimize forces management at an area of
crisis, reduce the cycle of planning, decision while supporting
multi-lingual operation. SICF provides planning, preparation of orders
and operational management functions. The system facilitates
optimization of the use of available resources.
SICF provides means for preparation, filing, formatting,
authenticating and sending of reports, messages and orders distribute
and update procedures, alerts and other time critical messages. The
system supports various information layers, including planning and
monitoring of tactical maneuver, intelligence, ORBAT, maneuver, combat
support, logistics, chemical defense, and other aspects, all
presentable as map-based and 3D medium.
Basic services the system provides include collaboration and workflow
automation of routine processes including planning, preparation and
distribution of orders, the management and monitoring of order of
battle, monitoring of status of combat unit and reinforcements etc.
The system support vector and raster graphics of maps and imagery,
including orthophotos and satellite imagery.
Area analysis, including mobility analysis,
route conditions, affecting transportation capacity are monitored and
displayed as part of the system's resources. Maneuver planning and
monitoring is fully supported, deriving information from manual and
automated reports gathered from battle management systems and other
resources. The system stores information with timestamp and location
information, enabling users to view historical information related to
specific tasks or points of interest and evaluate several options when
choosing an optimal course of action.
The system provides tools for logistics planning, with
typical consumption per unit, by type, and characteristic behavior for
peacetime, emergency and wartime conditions. Full support is provided
for fire support planning, including objectives fire support planning
as part of divisional operations and effects objectives, management of
fire support request, coordination and safety. Procedures supporting
Chemical, Nuclear and Biological defenses are provided by include
observation reports, automated calculations of contaminated zone,
based on meteorological information, wind direction etc. The system
issues automatic alerts to the affected units. The system interfaces
with air-force units to support air traffic management and air defense
coordination at low-altitude. Corridors and light aviation of the Army
(ALAT) reserved zones are marked and requests for air-to-ground
support are processed.
The system uses tactical communications including h RITA, PR4G VHF,
communications infrastructure incl. Socrate R&T and Sat-com (Mil)
incl. Syracuse, INMARSAT etc.
The system standard IP connectivity uses Windows 2000 operating
systems and COTS office automation applications. Interoperability is
designed with ful integration into SIR and higher echelon French
inter-arms SOCCA, SYCOM and SICA systems, and inteworking with other
NATO systems via NATO standard protocols such as AdatP-3 transport
standard, APP6-A symbology standard and ATCCIS data interoperability.
MIP is also supported to facilitate database replication and messaging
SICF is developed by Thales Communications and is based on COTS PCs
running Windows 2000 systems. SICF was first deployed in 1999 and when
fully deployed it is expected to run over 2000 workstations and 50
command posts at corps, EMF, independent brigades and specialized
brigades headquarters, the Franco-German force etc. Similar systems
are also designed for Canadian and Belgian forces.