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Digitally Aided Close Air Support

Digitally Aided Close Air Support

Digitally Aided Close Air Support

Left: ATAK 2D map view  populated with BSI MACE's cursor-on-target situational awareness data. Right: MetaVR VRSG's sensor view  simulating an MQ-9 Reaper’s video feed. (Image courtesy of BSI.)

MetaVR VRSG, coupled with Battlespace Simulations (BSI) MACE, can simulate Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) on a device running the government-off-the-shelf Android Team Awareness Kit (aka Android Tactical Assault Kit, or ATAK) mapping/situational awareness app.

For the ATAK map view (shown above on the left, with 2D map imagery) MACE provides cursor-on-target situational awareness data of aircraft positions, sensor points of interest (SPI), target locations, blue friendly locations, aircraft standard combat loads, as well as the cursor-on-target GPS feed of the JTAC's position. 

ATAK has the ability to display a video datalink (VDL) from supporting aircraft. In the simulation environment, VRSG creates the 3D sensor view (depicted at right, simulating in this case an MQ-9 Reaper’s video feed). The sensor point of interest, MQ-9 track symbol, and sensor bearing line are drawn directly from the KLV metadata embedded in VRSG's video feed. Using MACE, VRSG, and ATAK, a JTAC can correlate a target position and task MACE-controlled aircraft with a 9-line target attack brief, expeditiously completing the kill chain.