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Elbit Systems UK to Supply TORCH-X Battle Management Solution for Canada’s Airspace Coordination Centre Modernisation Project

Situational awareness across air, land and sea, is key to successful military operations and supporting the safety and security of our land forces while on operations. It helps alert troops to any incoming direct or indirect fire, monitor unmanned aerial systems and other enemy aircraft, and prevent friendly fire incidents. That’s why, through the Airspace Coordination Centre Modernization (ASCCM) project, Canada is improving land forces capabilities for airspace monitoring and coordination.

To this end, the Government of Canada has now completed the final significant acquisition under the ASCCM project. In December 2021, Canada signed an $8.6 million (USD) acquisition and in-service support contract with Elbit Systems UK. The contract will deliver the last software required for the complete modernization of CAF’s Airspace Coordination Centres (ASCC). Delivery of these remaining software components is expect by June 2022.

The project requires the delivery of a digitised information-based system for air situational awareness and enhanced airspace coordination and management into headquarters.

The solution to be supplied will be provided to the Canadian Military Headquarters for both Land and Joint Command in order to support air missions and joint-task force operations.

Under the project, Elbit Systems UK will supply a joint-air version of its TORCH-X based Battle Management Application (BMA) that will provide situational awareness by constantly displaying a local or recognized air picture, thus enabling effective co-ordination of air assets into complex land and joint battlespace.

The system will be operated utilising Elbit Systems’ E-CIXTM open architecture framework that will enable connectivity to the Canadian Armed Forces’ legacy applications and tactical datalinks while also allowing future integration of new applications in support of the Canadian Armed Forces digital transformation plan.

“The selection of the TORCH-X based BMA solution underlines the strength of the partnership among Five Eyes nations and highlights the quality and reliability of our multi-domain command and control systems.” Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK

“Coordination between activities happening on the ground with those in the air is important to keep our soldiers safe and effective while on operations. I am pleased that we are taking another step towards delivering the tools and equipment the Canadian Armed Forces needs to improve their capabilities for airspace coordination and monitoring.” The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

Once fully modernized, the ASCCs – which can either be integrated into land vehicles or be set-up remotely in various infrastructure spaces – will be a digitally based, information-sharing system that is interoperable with allies and integrated with military and civilian airspace control systems.

ADDITIONAL INFO

• Canadian Army airspace coordination is done through Airspace Coordination Centres (ASCC). ASCCs are primarily staffed by members of 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support), Royal Canadian Artillery at CFB Gagetown.

• The ASCCs are generally operated out of converted Light Armoured Vehicles 6.0, or mobile shelters (container-based workspaces) fitted for the purpose as ASCCs.

• The current capability consists of five ASCC mounted in Light Armoured Vehicle II Bison vehicles as well as the components to make five portable ASCCs that, if necessary, can be set up in buildings or trucks. The equipment was originally purchased in the early 2000s, and was due to be upgraded.

• The software being delivered by Elbit Systems UK will ensure a fully integrated picture of the regional airspace.

• ASCCs are mainly used on international deployments – for example one was deployed to Haiti to support disaster relief operations following an earthquake. However, they can also be used domestically to support security efforts such as the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and the G8 and G20 Summits in Ontario.

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