Tactical Digital Assistant (TDA) Improves Situational Awareness for the Dismounted Soldier

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has developed a ruggedized, tactical handheld device computing for dismounted Soldiers. The Tactical Digital Assistant (TDA) displays situational awareness, based on 'blue force tracking' and other tactical data derived from battle command networks enhancing command and control capabilities to the brigade level and below. The TDA interfaces with both fielded U.S. Army Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) and emerging Joint Battle Command - Platform systems.

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TDA supports on-the-move communication and information sharing with vehicles and other platforms, thus sharing of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance at all command levels. The TDA provides the dismounted Soldier with secure communications capability, while exchanging position and situational awareness with supporting and other friendly forces in a complex operational environment.

The TDA is compatible with current FBCB2 software and provides the flexibility to host the Google Android operating system. Its intuitive user interface supports shared full motion video and sensor command and control. An open architecture provides flexibility for future growth, including new applications and increased memory requirements. Lockheed Martin is developing numerous applications for the TDA to support battlefield challenges. Unlike commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology, the TDA’s ruggedized design can withstand harsh operational environments.

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