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1 Combat SkySat Deployment Unit Brief
FOUO Combat SkySat Deployment Unit Brief Jeff Faunce is GS-24 Dave Snyder is SETA Contract Support POCs: LTC John Rayburn – ARSTRAT G33 Jeff Faunce – ARSTRAT Future Warfare Center Dave Snyder – ARSTRAT Future Warfare Center (719) 10 Jan 2012 FOUO

2 Short History 173rd BCT Submits REF Request 3 May 2010
(limitation and mitigating capability shown below) OCO Funding Received for Combat SkySat Deployment Oct 2011 Successful demos in theater (FOB Shank) and AEWE (Ft Benning) Currently in operation by USMC Supports C5ISR ONS CONOPs (Updated Sept 2011)

3 Communication Capabilities Provided Deployment Support Considerations
System Attributes Operational system consisting of: Expendable balloons and payload (no recovery required) Launch and C2 system Platform launched in 20 minutes/climbs at 1k’/min Persistent coverage from altitudes above 65,000 feet (~8-12 hrs/launch – multiple launch capable) No airspace deconfliction required! Wide field of regard requires frequency deconfliction Forward Operating Base FOB X Launch & C2 Site Dismounts MBITR Normal Range: ~2 mi LOS MBITR Enabled with Combat SkySat: miles System Launch Launch Prep C2 System Communication Capabilities Provided 24x7 UHF vx/data retrans Ops (remotely reconfigurable) S6/G6 determines appropriate role/mission Enabling P.A.C.E commo capabilities (1-8 channels) Compatible with standard radios including PRC-117F, PRC-148 (MBITR), PSC-5 & ARC-210 (aircraft radios) Transmits in MHz, Receive in MHz (both secure or non-secure) No additional soldier load required Deployment Support Considerations Minimal support crew required Potentially draw from ARSST/Field Service Reps Operator class/TDY funds available Lessons learned from USMC and USN Acquiring systems now Helium supply source worked by SMDC

4 High Altitude Attributes / Effects
Example FOB and MSR LOS Situation FOB MSR Persistence ~8 hrs/launch - multiple launch capable Flight Altitude (60,000 feet plus field of regard) Wide area coverage/Coverage into complex terrain Above terrestrial weather & congested airspace Survivable – payload NOT recovered Flexible - Remotely reconfigurable RTNS payload P.A.C.E. Commo Considerations MSR Support (BDE/DIV GS role) QRF net/Standing RTNS net for any echelon Possibly tying into ANW2 network AVN/SAR capable/See SIPR for Comm Architectures Conserve manned RTNS assets (air/gnd) PACE stands for primary, alternate, contingency and emergency LOS is restricted and HA needs to be taken in to signal planning Patrol on convoy MSR route – limited LOS communications 4

5 Altitude Decreases LOS Deadspace
This slide FOUO Altitude Decreases LOS Deadspace Flight Altitude: 15K Coverage – 5% Combat SkySat Flight Altitude: 75K Coverage – 69% Puli Khumri Bagram Kabul Jalalabad Flight Altitude: 25K Coverage – 15% The high flight altitude of high altitude assets (in this case, Combat SkySat) allows greater penetration into rugged natural terrain, thus increasing communications coverage from a single platform. Ghazni All altitudes are MSL Centered over a 220mi X 220mi AOI example in mountainous terrain This slide FOUO 5

6 Potential Linkage to C5ISR CONOPs
(Sept 2011) Capability 1: Aerial Layer Range Extension – Complete deployment of 117G (ANW2), EPLRS, SINCGARS and associated integration kits to all identified FOBs and COPs in RC-E and RC-S. Capability 2: Meshed Aerial Layer backbone – Complete deployment of the meshed aerial layer bakcbone (HNRe2, QNT/TTNT) to all identified FOBs and COPS in RC-E and RC-S; integrate FMV baseband capabilities to the network. Capability 3: Range extension to Enable Users at the tactical edge – Support Integration of C5ISR into Aerial Layer and existing communications infrastructure to all identified FOBs and COPs in RC-S. Source: C5ISR CONOPs Combat SkySat capabilities (when integrated) fit into capability 1 and 3 * Phase 1 of C5ISR ONS has been validated/funded

7 Questions?

8 Mission Options Matrix as of 12 Jan
Comm Mission Users Approvers BDE DIV/JTF ARCENT CENTCOM TF C5ISR (if integrated w/ANW2) DS to specified unit, ie RTNS to COP x (pri or backup) X GS to unspecified BDE unit based on condition, ie QRF net, MSR support GS to unspecified DIV/JTF unit based on condition, ie QRF net, MSR support Multinational Common Coord Net DS or GS CAS/Direct Air-Support Center (USMC focus) BDE or DIV Standing Ops net Other?? Role will be defined by most pressing need based on Signal Plans Cell ICW S3/G3/J3

9 Coordination Tracker draft as of 12 Jan

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