Thales Communications, Inc. will provide communications design expertise for the upgrade of the Tactical Automated Security System (TASS). This contract has been awarded by the 642d Electronic Systems Squadron of the U.S. Air Force. As the subcontractor to L-3 Global Security and Engineering Solutions, Thales will design advanced communications modules (CMs) and advanced handheld monitors (HHMs), updating and extending the capabilities of the existing CMs and HHMs, which are also produced by Thales. This will enable Thales’ battle-proven AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) — or JEM — to be used as the advanced HHM with a simple software upgrade.
TASS enhances the warfighter’s capability for early detection and identification of threats, preventing damage to, or destruction of, mission-critical assets. TASS is an integrated electronic security system that can be tailored for a wide variety of semi-permanent, portable, and covert applications. It is rapidly deployable, easily transportable, and quickly relocatable. An integral part of the Integrated Base Defense Security System, TASS detects intrusions into protected areas and directs responding forces to the intruders. Further, it assesses the strength and composition of the intruding force and facilitates the collection of critical intelligence information. TASS is currently in use by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marine Corps and secures bases and installations worldwide. The upgrade facilitates use of a self-forming, self-healing ad-hoc tactical sensor network. This feature eliminates the time and effort needed for manual configuration, enabling warfighters to respond more quickly to emerging, critical operational security requirements. A JTRS-based software communications architecture compliant communications module will provide greater range of radio frequency bands than the previous system components in a standard architecture. Additionally, the waveform in the new design will provide a higher data rate to forward more data from the sensors and will facilitate the next generation of sensors. The design work under this contract will take place at Thales’ Clarksburg, Maryland, facilities.