According to a recent Army news release, the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Project Office is working hard to improve the battlefield site picture by developing user-friendly software that Soldiers refer to as the "common warfighter machine interface to the integrated air and missile defense battle command system."
The new software will be easier to use and will provide a common interface for users (operating Patriot and other missile defense systems) to be able to share information from a variety of sensors and weapons to have better integrated coverage, according to Col. Rob Rasch Jr., project manager, IAMD, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. The program including hardware and software is expected to provide savings to the Army as nearly 400 pieces of legacy hardware in the form of major end items can be removed. New radars, relays and other systems that come online will be network “plug and play” ready with one compatible system.
With such mission-critical functions managed by radars, relays and other systems, rigorous software testing is a necessary component to developing high quality applications. The first units are expected to be equipped by fiscal year 2017 and by fiscal year 2018, initial operating capability could be achieved. Mike Achord, deputy project manager, IAMD project office, recently hosted a group of soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., who tested the equipment, and he said "They picked it up quickly," adding "it will revolutionize the way we train and fight."
The updated Army defense software being developed and tested by the IAMD Project Office is aiming to provide missile operators with a complete battlefield site picture in a user-friendly manner.