TWS

TWS is a warfighter-based system that detects and classifies RF emissions from any direction.

SOCOM Threat Warning System (TWS) for US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
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The Problem

  • Intuitive, easy-to-use interface displaying real-time threat information in a geospatial context.
  • Integration of lightweight body-worn antenna vest, receiver, CPU, and arm-worn display.
  • Open architecture allows for easy insertion or replacement of key software and hardware components, as well as incorporation of additional sources of threat data and other intel.
  • Networked system enhances situational awareness and allows SIGINT specialist control of ODA systems, communication of target locations, and lines of bearing.

The Solution

  • Front-line warfighters need easy, intuitive access to basic Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) information (i.e. direction, location, and classification of signal-based threats).
  • Access to real-time information requires use of SIGINT equipment that is complex and heavy.
  • Solution must be lightweight, rugged, and low-power.

The Impact

  • Field tested by SOCOM personnel at the Ft. Benning MOUT site
  • “[The operators] are very confident in using the system to reliably detect and find RF emissions.”
  • “The system is very easy to learn and operate and. . . can provide vital intelligence in the conduct of their missions.”

This is a warfighter-based system that detects and classifies RF emissions from any direction.

TypeCThe system determines the direction of an emitted signal and displays a line of bearing to the signal on a wrist-worn device. When possible, the system geolocates the source of the signal and identifies its precise location on the map. The solution has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface displaying real-time threat information in a geospatial context. Its open architecture allows for easy insertion or replacement of key software and hardware components, as well as incorporation of additional sources of threat data and other intel.

Requirement was to detect signals 360 degrees up to 2 km away and within 22.5 degree quadrant, actual results were detected signals 360 degrees up to 5 km away and within a 2 degree line of bearing.

TWS is now part of USSOCOM’s “Manpack of the 21st Century” Advanced Concept Technical Demonstration (ACTD) program.

Categories: Signal Processing, Realtime Data Acquisition, GIS & Mapping

 

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