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Combat identification system for the dismounted soldier
Author(s): Kevin Sherman
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Paper Abstract

Dismounted soldier combat identification presents unique operational requirements and challenges that must be met in order to provide reliable and highly accurate point-of- engagement identification. This paper describes the significant design decisions made on the Combat Identification for Dismounted Soldier (CIDDS) program that address these issues. Also presented are results of various tests performed on the CIDDS system. The CIDDS system consists of an AN/PSX-1 Interrogator Set and an AN/PSC-12 Transponder Set which are mounted to the soldier's individual weapon and helmet, respectively. The CID function is a digitized, encoded laser interrogation with a digitized, encrypted TDMA RF friend response. Several features were architected into the laser/RF protocol to add the robustness needed in a dismounted soldier environment to provide up to 97.5% probability of correct ID at ranges up to 1100 meters. These include: selection of an eyesafe laser wavelength and power that propagates well through battlefield obscurants; laser and RF messaging protocols that provide robust communication links for the dismounted soldier environment; antenna design and placement; data error correction; frequency diversity. The presentation will also discuss how the CIDDS architecture supports command and control by other digitized systems, including Battlefield Combat Identification System (BCIS), Land Warrior, the Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW) and the Objective Crew Served Weapon (OCSW).

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4037, Digitization of the Battlespace V and Battlefield Biomedical Technologies II, (4 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395034
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Kevin Sherman, Motorola (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4037:
Digitization of the Battlespace V and Battlefield Biomedical Technologies II
Raja Suresh; Homer H. Pien; Homer H. Pien, Editor(s)

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