On June 27, 2018, in accordance with 10 U.S.C § 2371b, Other Transaction Agreements have been awarded under the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) for the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) LTE Orientation Device. One Award was made for this Prototype Project.
Cole Engineering Services, Inc. located in Orlando, FL in the amount of $478,000
The U.S. Army desires a Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-based device to provide real-time orientation and positioning status to support air defense simulated engagements during live force-on-force training exercises.
Currently, Army Combat Training Centers (CTC) use laser based systems to replicate direct fire engagements. Laser based systems have limitations when targets do not have the ability to utilize Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) detectors, such as United States Airforce (USAF) aircraft, Army aviation helicopters or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) platforms. Many of the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) engagements (such as missiles) can be stimulated if both the target location and a reasonable weapon orientation at the time of engagement is known. Two CTCs (the National Training Center (NTC) and Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC)) have or soon will have an LTE-based instrumentation network. The LTE network will allow the integration of commercial items, such as devices that provide orientation. This project will develop (if possible and reasonable) a prototype providing a weapon orientation device that will communicate across the existing CTC LTE network. This device will enhance pilot, ADA and Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) training at the CTCs.
The Combat Training Center Instrumentation System (CTC-IS) Program fielded capabilities for the CTCs at the NTC at Fort Irwin, California; the JRTC at Fort Polk, Louisiana. CTC-IS is an integrated system of computer software and hardware; workstations; databases; voice, video, and data recording, production, and presentation equipment; interface devices; and communication networks. It provides the tools for the Combat Trainer and the Training Analysts to collect, analyze, and present training performance feedback to the training unit in the After Action Review.