BAE Systems has leveraged advanced jet fighter technology to create a system that allows soldiers to effectively ‘see through’ their armored vehicles.
The system, called BattleView 360, is making its U.S. debut at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition.
The agile situational awareness system gives vehicle crews a real-time, 360-degree view of their surrounding environment, better enabling decision making, friend-or-foe classification, communication of plans and instructions to other vehicles crews, and safer route planning. BattleView 360 is highly adaptable and is being designed to seamlessly integrate with multiple existing vehicle types, operating systems, and radios.
“Knowing what’s going on around you has always been a challenge for armored vehicle crews inside noisy machines with limited visibility,” said Peder Sjölund, technology manager at BAE Systems Hägglunds. “BattleView 360 builds on years of work across BAE Systems to improve situational awareness and integrate information so that crew workload is reduced and they can make fast, yet effective, decisions. The result is increased battlefield effectiveness and survivability.”
At its core, BattleView 360 is a digital mapping system that collates, displays, and tracks the positions of all surrounding features of interest in two- or three-dimensional modes. The head-worn part of the system can be synced to vehicle cameras to provide a ‘see-through’ capability in both visual and infrared. It can also be used by dismounted soldiers to relay information back to the vehicle. In a complete battlespace picture environment, the display can be integrated onto other vehicles or even unmanned aerial systems.
BattleView 360 employs a head-down touch-screen display to allow commanders to quickly assess information and make quick and efficient decisions for targeting or other purposes. It also allows the commander to view the display of other crew members, such as a gunner.
Source: BAE Systems PLC (LSE: BAES.L)
Date: Oct 15, 2015