The DRS Mission Command Software Suite (MCSS) provides a single interface that enables commanders and platform operators to control sensors, communications equipment, mission command applications, navigational devices and platform vetronics from existing platform displays and computers, or from a suite of available DRS products, such as the Joint Platform Tablet (JPT) computer.
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All of the voice, video and data from these platform devices can be connected across the tactical network with adjacent platforms, remote command posts, higher headquarters and, when desired, with coalition partners.
Specifically, the DRS MCSS consolidates:
• Radio Management
• Video Management
• Router Management
• Power Management
• Peripheral Device Management
• Application Management
• Voice Call Management
• GPS Signal Distribution
The MCSS uses an open architecture, COTS approach while adhering to industry and government standards such as the US Navy Open Architecture Computing Environment (OACE), the US Army Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY), and the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Mobile Distributed C4ISR Architecture (MDCA).
The MCSS core applications are operationally deployed, providing Warfighters with a cost effective means of achieving integrated C4ISR management.
DRS Tactical Systems is a global leader in the design and manufacture of ultra-rugged, commercial-off-the-shelf computers, displays & embedded workstations, handheld devices, tablet computers, and integrated network products. Delivery and fielding of the MCSS capability enables DRS as a platform integrator with solutions that will help Warfighters and first responders accomplish their platform modernization objectives.
The DRS MCSS is comprised of the following key applications:
C4 MANAGER – The C4 Manager is the software user interface for remote radio management, video management, and Mission Command system management. Radio management includes changing frequencies, channels, groups, and other parameters accessible from radio faceplates. Video management includes live viewing of networked video feeds and enables screen shots to be taken and marked up with a graphics tool for network distribution or for post mission analysis. Mission Command system management includes remotely controlling Electronic Counter Measure Systems and other C4 systems through a software interface without a separate remote control unit.
VOICE CALL MANAGER – The Voice Call Manager is the user interface for dynamically managing local and remote voice assets and creating talk groups that enable voice interoperability between different radio and voice devices. In addition, Voice Call Manager enables and disables talk groups, adds and removes voice devices to and from talk groups, and enables operators to participate in and monitor talk groups.
OPERATOR’S CONSOLE – The Operator’s Console provides status and diagnostics to support troubleshooting and realtime system monitoring including: service status, routing protocol adjacency information, and route table entries. Real-time incremental changes can be made from the console Graphical User Interface. The Operator’s Console provides the ability to load configuration files generated by the Network Planner, load new firmware on the DDU and supported peripherals, implement incremental realtime changes to the DDU configuration, connect to Voice Call Manager and manages users and their associated privileges.
NET OPS CONSOLE – The Net Ops Console provides a realtime assessment in map and tabular view of network status and connectivity of all DDU nodes within the network. Each view is highly configurable and designed to display network operations at a glance of all DDUs in the tactical network.
NETWORK PLANNER – The Network Planner is used to generate network plans and configuration files for all DDU-enabled nodes within the network. The Network Planner is primarily used by network administrators.
The MCSS uses an open architecture, COTS approach while adhering to industry and government standards such as Open Architecture Computing Environment and Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY). The MCSS core applications are operationally deployed, providing Warfighters with a cost effective means of achieving integrated C4ISR management.