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A new precision targeting device will help future forces at the battlefield identify personnel as friend or foe at the battlefield. This tool at the platoon level also allows to designate and mark targets for aircraft. The US Field Artillery has been operationally testing the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Laser Designation System (JETS-TLDS) in the rugged Alaska terrain.
The JETS-TLDS is a modular advanced sensor suite of three components: the hand-held target location module (HTLM), precision azimuth and vertical angle module (PAVAM), and laser marker module (LMM).
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The teams used the system in a wide spectrum of operations. They used the infrared imager (IRI) and color day imager (CDI) to detect, recognize, and identify vehicles and personnel at various distances to determine whether they are friend or foe. They also used the system in a simulated urban environment, where the soldiers cleared multiple buildings and occupied rooftops and rooms to observe opposing forces in the city, according to army.mil.
One of the benefits of the system is its compact size and light-weight. “Since the system is smaller you don’t have to worry about bumping it around when clearing a building,” said Sgt. Nicholas Apperson. “If you have to switch buildings, disassembling and reassembling the system is much quicker than other targeting devices.”
During the test, all teams exercised the system’s ability to determine target location. Soldiers were set at randomized objective rally points (ORPs) ranging from 500 meters to 2 kilometers from their observation posts (OPs). They then conducted a tactical movement from ORP to OP. After occupying their individual OPs, they would find targets all around them and determine exactly where they were at using the JETS TLDS.
The Soldiers would then use the Precision Fires-Dismounted (PF-D), which is an application used on NET Warrior by fire supporters to digitally transmit fire missions, to develop a fire mission and send it to a simulated company fire support team (FIST).
Various aspects of future forces technologies will be at the center of the coming Future Forces Conference and Exhibition organized by iHLS on May 9, 2018. The event that will be held at the Lago Conference Center, Rishon LeZion, will gather the ecosystem’s leading defense industry representatives, experts from the armed forces, police and security services, entrepreneurs and investors.
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