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FIRRE command and control station (C2)
Author(s): R. T. Laird; T. A. Kramer; J. R. Cruickshanks; K. M. Curd; K. M. Thomas; J. Moneyhun
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Paper Abstract

The Family of Integrated Rapid Response Equipment (FIRRE) is an advanced technology demonstration program intended to develop a family of affordable, scalable, modular, and logistically supportable unmanned systems to meet urgent operational force protection needs and requirements worldwide. The near-term goal is to provide the best available unmanned ground systems to the warfighter in Iraq and Afghanistan. The overarching long-term goal is to develop a fully-integrated, layered force protection system of systems for our forward deployed forces that is networked with the future force C4ISR systems architecture. The intent of the FIRRE program is to reduce manpower requirements, enhance force protection capabilities, and reduce casualties through the use of unmanned systems. FIRRE is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L), and is managed by the Product Manager, Force Protection Systems (PM-FPS). The FIRRE Command and Control (C2) Station supports two operators, hosts the Joint Battlespace Command and Control Software for Manned and Unmanned Assets (JBC2S), and will be able to host Mission Planning and Rehearsal (MPR) software. The C2 Station consists of an M1152 HMMWV fitted with an S-788 TYPE I shelter. The C2 Station employs five 24" LCD monitors for display of JBC2S software [1], MPR software, and live video feeds from unmanned systems. An audio distribution system allows each operator to select between various audio sources including: AN/PRC-117F tactical radio (SINCGARS compatible), audio prompts from JBC2S software, audio from unmanned systems, audio from other operators, and audio from external sources such as an intercom in an adjacent Tactical Operations Center (TOC). A power distribution system provides battery backup for momentary outages. The Ethernet network, audio distribution system, and audio/video feeds are available for use outside the C2 Station.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6230, Unmanned Systems Technology VIII, 623023 (12 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666589
Show Author Affiliations
R. T. Laird, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
T. A. Kramer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
J. R. Cruickshanks, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
K. M. Curd, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr., San Diego (United States)
K. M. Thomas, Scientific Applications International Corp. (United States)
J. Moneyhun, Product Manager-Force Protection Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6230:
Unmanned Systems Technology VIII
Grant R. Gerhart; Charles M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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