INTREPID TIGER II
CTI has been instrumental in the development of the AN/ALQ-231(V) Electronic Warfare weapon system. As part of the overall US Marine Corps and NAWC-WPNS team, CTI is a key contributor to the systems design, development, and deployment.The Intrepid Tiger II Pod is unique in that it was developed at relatively low cost and within a quick reaction timeframe thus getting required capability to the warfighter faster and cheaper.
The AN/ALQ-231(V) is the first weapon system to include the Electronic Warfare Services Architecture (EWSA) capability. This allows the weapon to not only be controlled from within the host platforms cockpit, but also via a tactical secure radio network. This allows for the weapon to be hosted on non-traditional EW platforms while not requiring additional training or workload on the part of the platforms aircrew.
Along with NAWC-WPNS, Point Mugu, CTI is the primary developer of the EW payload control software, the EWSA net-enabling components, and the cockpit interface software.
CTI and AeroMech Engineering, Incorporated (AME) team successfully demonstrated an unmanned airborne high-powered communications Electronic Attack (EA) capability during two successful flights conducted at an airfield in California the week of July 27th, 2009. The team included Electronic Attack specialists and software/system engineers from CTI and engineers and flight test specialists from AME.
AeroMech’s Fury platform was modified to accommodate CTI’s Thunderstorm EA system. The long endurance, low-medium altitude air vehicle provides 23 pounds of payload capacity in a small, durable package. It is capable of being flown with gas or heavy-fuel engines, and provides up to 400 watts of continuous power for the payloads. Fury has a wingspan of 12 feet, a maximum take off gross weight of 125 pounds with payload and fuel, and can remain on station for up to18.5 hours. The system is designed to be launched and recovered from austere locations including both maritime and littoral environments.
The purpose of the Tactile Situational Awareness System (TSAS) is to enable a helicopter pilot to maintain a stable hover position when in a degraded visual environment (DVE) or to ensure that the pilot does not experience pilot-induced oscillations/excursions outside the prescribed flight envelope during up-and-away maneuvering. Helicopter landings are more challenging in “brownout” conditions, in which sand and dust are stirred up by the rotary wing aircraft, obscuring visibility and the pilots ability to maintain sight of the horizon.
As humans grow and develop, musculoskeletal systems mature to control and coordinate movements subconsciously using input from all of the human senses. Pilots are trained to ignore nearly all of these well developed and extremely accurate sensory responses except that from visual (and aural) stimuli. During times of high-mission tasking, at night, or in conditions of low visibility, visual and aural information is available but it may be ignored as the pilot becomes overwhelmed with the sensory stimulation that can be misleading. This overloading of the pilots senses often results in a loss of situational awareness and may end with catastrophic results.
The Tactile Situational Awareness System (TSAS) 2.0 offered by CTI is a complete solution that has been through government testing, and will enable pilots to maintain their situational awareness when flying in brownout or DVE conditions. This is a life-saving tool, using today’s technology and is available for immediate use.
CTI developed the “Situation Awareness & Antenna Propagation” (SAAP) application in support of the Modular Commando Solo program. The SAAP application provides real-time monitoring of the mission situation while in flight through the use of antenna and signal propagation models, military geographic information systems (GIS), intuitive visual user interfaces.
The SAAP application also provide pre-mission planning, in-mission replay, and post-mission analysis capabilities providing maximum situation awareness at all times. The ability to monitor the effectiveness of mission operations at all times helps ensure the operators are delivering the desired effects.
The Commando Solo platform provides Military Information Support Operations (MISO) through the use of AM/FM/TV broadcast and other signal transmission capabilities.