Aussie command, control system passes test

Nov. 16, 2010 at 2:01 PM
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BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Boeing's Vigilare Network Centric Command and Control System for the Australian air force passed final factory and Tactical Data Link acceptance tests.

The tests were performed at Boeing's Defense Systems Australia's Integration Laboratory in Brisbane to prepare Vigilare for final integration at the Eastern Regional Operations Center at the air base in Williamtown, New South Wales, followed by site and operational testing.

"The tests mark the final engineering release of the system and formally verify that Boeing has met 95 percent of the requirements for Vigilare," said Charles Toups, Boeing vice president and general manager of Network & Tactical Systems. "The remaining requirements will be met during EROC site acceptance testing in early 2011."

The factory acceptance test last month verified Vigilare's enhanced data processing and display, fault detection and isolation and interactive replay requirements with a 98 percent compliance rate, while the TADIL test, conducted in September and October verified the system's data link software for final EROC acceptance.

Vigilare entered service with the Australian air force Sept. 2 at the Northern Regional Operations Center installation at Base Tindal, Northern Territory. The system has been providing full battlespace management and surveillance operations across Australia; it will continue to do so as it is joined by EROC. Final system acceptance takes place in mid 2011.

Vigilare combines information in near real-time from a wide range of platforms, sensors, Tactical Data Links and intelligence networks to deliver tactical and strategic surveillance operations and battlespace management in the air and joint domains.

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