DVIDS – News – TAK Systems implemented during RIMPAC 2022 Southern California


As the military progresses with the changes in warfare, everything becomes more and more interconnected. The importance of effective communication and rapid data movement in the battlespace has grown exponentially. During Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022 Southern California, partner nations came together to address these changes and implement the Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) as well as new advanced communications network jobs.

The TAK system was used by the Australian, New Zealand and US military during RIMPAC 2022 in San Diego, California. The system was developed in 2010 to create geospatial infrastructure and precision targeting and improve situational awareness in the battlespace.

“It is a network-agnostic C2 platform that can be used to provide enhanced situational awareness on a network,” said U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Matthew Jackson, assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Littoral Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (LEON) while aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) for l ‘exercise.

According to U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Paul Butcher, assigned to 1st EOD Company, LEON Platoon, Army legacy radio systems do not facilitate the movement of data at the speeds required for a networked battlespace with multiple users, unmanned systems and sensors.

The goal is to use Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) as access points to larger networks, so there is little or no reliance on legacy systems, such as satellite communications, etc This approach keeps military communications at the cutting edge of tactics. rather than in the cloud. Once the MANET is established and connected to larger networks such as the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC-PAC) Littoral Electromagnetic Range (LEMR), data can be extracted to enable a broader common operational picture at commands. upper echelons.

“Live video, telemetry and robot controls are a good place to start,” said Master Sgt. Butcher, “From there we start using [this starting point] to increase the speed at which we can move data around the battlespace. Then we expand. »

TAK, which includes Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) and Windows Tactical Assault Kit (WinTAK), are not communication platforms themselves, but rather a way to visualize data in the battlespace and use different forms of imagery to assimilate all of the data censorship into a common functioning image. By providing a clear picture and near real-time data, decisions in a contested environment can be made more efficiently. This can reduce detection-engagement sequence response times by 90% or more.

Multinational participants used TAK during tactical simulations as a visual component for communications and command and control (C2), providing real-time data to a higher echelon located in Hawaii. TAK is an app that others can rely on and communicate with using text messaging, video or one-click communication via point and data packet sharing. End users at the tactical edge can communicate with the chain of command in near real-time via modern IP networks and software-defined radios.

Voice communications from legacy radios can be brought into these networks via Radio-Over-IP (ROIP), an inherent feature built into the MPU5 radios used for the MANET primary radio. From a capability perspective, the combination of multiple capabilities can potentially create a new competitive advantage for military elements attempting to communicate with each other.

Communications information from Royal Australian Navy NCO Seaman Mark Butler said he had never heard of TAK before RIMPAC 2022 and described communications before TAK as “clunky” within the military Australia and between partner countries. Butler also explained that communication with partner nations was disjointed and disorganized because everyone was using different networks and systems.

“The most important thing is to work with our partner countries,” Butler added.

TAK facilitates interoperability with partner countries as it is network independent and has an easy to use graphical user interface. While it may be integrated into allies’ communications in the future, sharing and communicating will be more efficient, creating more capable and adaptable partners.

RIMPAC is a biennial exercise that included 26 nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel and took place from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise and provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and maintaining cooperative relationships among participants essential to keeping sea lanes safe and the world’s oceans secure. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series which began in 1971.

Date taken: 24.08.2022
Date posted: 24.08.2022 18:49
Story ID: 427984
Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, USA

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