U.S. Forces are one step closer to reducing the chance of friendly fire incidents with the deployment of the BAE Systems’ Combat Identification Server (CID Server) to Afghanistan. The CID Server helps provide combat pilots with the ability to determine whether or not there are friendly forces in the vicinity of targeted areas of interest.
“We have a long standing tradition of leading the way in combat identification based on our Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) products used in aircraft, ships and air defense units,” said Paul Markwardt, vice president and deputy general manager of BAE Systems Electronic Systems. “Transferring our proven capability to protect ground forces from friendly fire is both a natural extension of our historical commitment to IFF and our responsibility to our nation’s warfighters. We are proud that CID Server is protecting troops in theatre today.”
The CID Server provides a graphical representation of friendly forces to the pilot in response to their normal actions during combat operations. Pilots do not have to learn any new procedures to implement the life saving action and no changes are needed to their planes to utilize the function.
The CID Server system was born out of the Bold Quest series of Coalition Combat Identification demonstrations conducted by the Joint Staff Joint Fires Division (formerly USJFCOM J-85), and was developed in a cooperative manner between BAE Systems and the Joint and Coalition communities in order to service U.S. and Coalition forces.
The CID Server has demonstrated interoperability with multiple U.S. and NATO partner command and control systems and on U.S. F-15, F-16, A-10, and F/A-18 aircraft and Coalition Belgian F-16 and French Mirage 2000.
Source: BAE Systems PLC (LSE: BAES.L)
Date: Oct 23, 2012