Army inspects new signals intelligence system
Prophet Enhanced system installed in Panther command vehicles
- By William Welsh
- Dec 10, 2009
Army battlefield commanders and their staffs will soon have a better system to detect, identify and deter a wide range of electronic signals on the battlefield.
General Dynamics C4 Systems, of Scottsdale, Ariz., recently showed the first Prophet Enhanced tactical signals intelligence system to Army officials, one of whom was Brig. Gen. Thomas Cole, the program executive officer for intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors, company officials said Dec. 9.
The system shown was installed in the Panther command vehicle and will undergo further system testing and evaluation at the contractor’s facilities in Scottsdale. The Panther vehicle, built by BAE Systems, is a tactical command vehicle that offers protection from mines and enemy fire.
The Prophet Enhanced system also will improve the way commanders at the tactical level respond to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information through battlespace networks, the officials said.
The Army awarded General Dynamics C4 Systems a six-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract potentially worth $866 million for integration of the Prophet Enhanced system in February.
General Dynamics C4 Systems is also building combat operations centers for the Marine Corps.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.