In various forums we learned what developments Navantia Sistemas has undertaken to renew and continue one of its solutions that are in service in the Spanish Army (ET). The system in question, intended for the coastal artillery operational organizations organized by means of the Field Artillery Command (MACA), is called Hercules.
It is one of the most specific teams within its mission and serves as an instrument for command and control (M2I) tasks within Coastal Artillery Regiment No. 4, RACTA 4. To respond to a need, it was designed and commissioned almost two decades ago now 2004. His tasks include showing the traces of the various surveillance, detection and reconnaissance radars and assigning them an identity through the use of optronic sensors such as the POMO (Mobile Observation) – including television cameras with 62x zoom and 10x infrared and others Means of identification.
From elements such as the Costa battery’s mobile command post, which is located in 4×4 trucks, or from the Costa Group Operations Center (COACTA), it can be used to manage these traces and generate the necessary commands so that the Fire organs, the 155/52 APU SBT-1 howitzers can hit them.
They confirm from the Field Artillery Command that it has performed very well since it was commissioned, but that an update of the equipment or hardware, as well as the programs or software, is already required. Upgrading is a must to get the most out of the Coastal Gunner’s available capabilities to combat an evolving threat.
They also point out that with the update to Hercules II, a process that Navantia Sistemas can do quickly because it knows it particularly well and has extensive experience in its concept, Navantia Sistemas has made a number of performance improvements through consistent customization / Updating the Hercules II aims system. Attempts are made to improve interoperability with fire platforms. Updating the operational potential through requirements that enable certification to be integrated into various C2iS structures; Enabling interoperability with organic sensor systems and other current and future RPAS (Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems) and various ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) media; Integrate the areas of intelligence, logistics and operations for the planning and execution of operations in order to control alarm states, activation levels, arms control states, orders for deterioration or consumption of ammunition or to facilitate interoperability and integration with the command already identified in the MC3 plan. and control systems used by both the ET and the Navy.
The Hercules II in its concept is perfectly defined and now its performance must be approached in order for the coastal artillery to benefit from its future functions. (Octavio Dec Cmara)
Photography: The Artillera de Costa del ET, due to its dynamism and functionality, requires specific and mobile means that must be constantly updated. (Octavio Dec Cmara)
The HERCULES system is a command and control tool associated with the requirements of the ET Coast Artillery. (Navantia)
Various sensors benefit RACTA 4, a regiment whose command and control functions are being improved. (Octavio Dec Cmara)
The HERCULES II, which are now in the pipeline, will enable improved interoperability with the 155/52 APU SBT-1 howitzers and also with their optimized ammunition. (Octavio Dec Cmara)
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