24-May-2013 Source: BAE Systems
BAE Systems’ next-generation Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system has passed a key Department of Defense (DoD) certification, making it available to improve navigation and identification capabilities on diverse military platforms. At half the size and weight of currently fielded transponders, the AN/DPX-7 Reduced Size Transponder (RST) is a key enabler for enhanced navigation and situational awareness. Used to identify aircraft and ships as friendly forces, it reduces the risk of fratricide.
This important certification is known as Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems (AIMS). The newly certified RST can be used on existing, new, and emerging platforms including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), ships, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft. By providing the data infrastructure for flight tracking, planning, and dispatch, the system enables pilots to safely and efficiently navigate congested airspace and make informed decisions in time-critical situations.
“To achieve AIMS certification for our smaller, cost-effective IFF product means that our system meets the stringent performance standards established by the DoD,” said Sal Costa, product line director for Identification & Processing Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our AN/DPX-7 system will make air travel safer because it enhances the capabilities of air traffic control, communicating with other planes, satellites, and ground stations.”
No other currently fielded Mode 5 transponder offers a small package – half the weight and size of its predecessor – with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast in/out capability that provides both air traffic control and situational awareness for pilots. Used for military platforms which require Mode 5 functionality, the system has been selected for both the MQ-4C Triton, a UAS that provides surveillance capabilities for the U.S. Navy. The RST can also be configured to replace legacy fielded military transponders.
BAE Systems’ IFF products have been helping to reduce the chance of fratricide in combat operations for more than 70 years.