The JITCS effort will support the Target Control Steering Group initiative to promote interoperability of target control systems across all services and target platforms with an open architecture approach.
Under the award, AME UAS will integrate new and emerging technologies into target platform and control systems as directed by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center for optimum capability and interoperability in integrated unmanned system control.
In December 2009, AME UAS demonstrated the Common Interface Target Control System in a test flight at the NAWC Point Mugu Sea Test Range. The CITCS allows a single ground system with a Joint Interoperable Target Control System Standard Interface to control single or multiple Navy targets.
Since the last BQM-74E flight test, the Navy has implemented the Data Link Interface of JITCSSI on seaborne targets and the Pioneer UAV target.
CITCS also provides a common interface for targets to allow single or multiple target control in a military UHF band, using either a STANAG 4586 data link format or the Joint Interoperable Target Control System Standard Interface Data Link Interface data link format.
"The Target Control System was demonstrated by successfully operating and controlling a BQM-74E target drone configured with a STANAG 4586 data link," said John Chernekoff, AME UAS program manager.
"The JITCS contract will enable us to continue to expand the capability of this system, apply it to other aircraft, and provide a vehicle for the Department of Defense to save money and time in unmanned aircraft integration."
AME Unmanned Air Systems is a ChandlerMay company with headquarters in San Luis Obispo, Calif., specializing in the design, test, production, and support of unmanned aircraft systems.