CAC2S will be accomplished through a two phased approach. Phase 1 accommodates fielding of operational-relevant capabilities by upgrading fielded MACCS equipment with mature, ready technologies and will establish an initial product baseline Processing and Display System and Communications System. Phase 2 is structured to accommodate the integration of technologies necessary for the CAC2S Sensor Data System to meet remaining ACE Battle Management and Command & Control requirements. With the delivery of the Phase 1 CAC2S in early September at MACS-24, the first installment of two phases constitutes Full Operating Capability for the initial phase of the system.
For Phase 1, there are two systems that define CAC2S: the Processing and Display System and the Communications System. The PDS AN/TSQ-273 V (1) is the infrastructure that provides the Operational Facility and the Operations Trailer. The OPFAC provides the physical command post facilities; the BASE-X tents, tables, chairs, computers, and peripheral equipment to support 16 operator positions, expandable to 20 positions. The OT provides the networking and computing hardware to provide the operators with the necessary network configurations to execute the mission of the MACCS. The OT includes a Joint Range Extension (JRE) Server and Client, JRE Application Protocol (JREAP) A, B, C, a track manager to process JRE and
The Communications System consists of the AN/MRQ-13 (V) 1 which provides VHF/UHF/HF/
"Before CAC2S, there were multiple stove piped C2 systems that provided the operator specialized information, leaving the operator to process data separately," said Maj.
The system is designed to be expeditionary, scalable, and provide common hardware across the MACCS.
"CAC2S provides the MACCS the ability to provide aviation command and control in an austere environment with the ability to tailor the size of the PDS and CS assets to the required mission. It enables the Marine to work in the BASE-X tents or remote the OPFAC to an existing structure like we have seen in OIF and OEF," said Maj.
The classroom training and practical application the Marines received during the fielding of CAC2S enable the Marines to quickly set up and be operational.
"Currently, their legacy systems can take up to a day, or half a day best case scenario to get a complete system up and operational," said
Providing the MACCS with common C2 hardware adds advantages the new system brings to the fight.
"We're all going to be working on the same system, so that's going to make passing that information to other agencies much smoother," said Sgt.
Phase 2 of the CAC2S program will eventually replace the remaining legacy and Phase 1 equipment at the MASS and MACS agencies, as well as provide the Tactical Air Command Center (TACC) CAC2S equipment. CAC2S Phase 2 will provide continued improvements due to technological changes and the experience and feedback from the fleet Marines.
CAC2S achieved a Limited Deployment Capability milestone in February of 2012 when it was initially fielded to the formal learning center at
The success of the new CAC2S technology was publicly highlighted on
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