SitaWare battle management proving a boon to artillery
There was a time when there was no such thing on the battlefield as ‘too much information’. But times have changed.
Today, huge volumes of data are consumed every minute by a spectrum of military sensors, placing command and control functions in a difficult position. Intelligence must be managed effectively in order to achieve information dominance on the battlefield. Without a clear picture available to all units, lack of clarity creates an environment prone to error.
This has been demonstrably true in the field of fire support, with forward observers and artillery operators struggling to understand issues of distance, timing and location as the situation develops around them. Non-interoperable systems and clunky IT packages have hindered tactical communication when it has been most needed.
Recognising these problems, the industry has responded. Systematic, an IT solution specialist, has long been spearheading transformation for armed forces across the world with its SitaWare suite of solutions, which provide proven top-to-bottom situational awareness to all levels of command. Now, with fresh contracts with the US Army and New Zealand Defence Force, Systematic is looking to engage with the artillery community at large.
Ahead of its involvement in this year’s Future Artillery conference (London; 22-24 May, 2017), Defence IQ caught up with Bo Tang Laerke, product manager at Systematic and former officer at the Danish Army Fire Support Centre, to get his insight first-hand…