Satnews Daily
December 31st, -0001

General Dynamics... Aiding Battle Command (Comms)

General Dynamics GD300
[SatNews] Enhancing battlefield awareness for dismounted warriors...

General Dynamics C4 Systems won a U.S. Army $2.3 million contract to provide a prototype, handheld battle command capability that will improve network connectivity and command, control, and situational awareness for dismounted soldiers and Marines as part of the U.S. Army's Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC-P) Handheld program. One of several Joint Battle Command initiatives, JBC-P Handheld Battle Command (HBC) is focused on delivering handheld devices that communicate over government-furnished communication networks. The devices provide dismounted warfighters enhanced battlefield awareness, such as via maps and real-time position location information.

For its prototype design, General Dynamics will provide the rugged, eight-ounce GD300 tactical computer that hosts an application-friendly operating system. The handheld prototype will provide dismounted users with situational awareness of events, people, and structures, as well as chat and text capabilities. The GD300 also delivers position location information and access to popular military software “apps,” such as the Tactical Intelligence Ground Reporting (TIGR) system. When the system is connected to a networked device, such as the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Rifleman radio (AN/PRC-154) or the Iridium satellite communications handset, users can make voice, video, or data contact with others in close proximity or miles apart. During the second phase of the program, as many as 250 JBC-P interoperable handheld devices may be purchased as part a contract option. The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. is the contracting authority for the handheld device development effort. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.