Black Diamond Advanced Technology’s Forward Air Control Utility Suite receives Fielding Authorization from USSOCOM





CHANDLER, Arizona – Black Diamond Advanced Technology, LLC (BDATech) is proud to announce that the Modular Tactical System (MTS) and Forward Air Control – Utility Suite (FAC-US) received a Fielding Authorization from USSOCOM. The MTS/FAC-US received vigorous laboratory and field-testing from the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center (AATC), and passed Operator Testing at the hand of Air National Guard Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and Combat Controllers (CCTs).

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The MTS is a TRL-9 ultra-ruggedized wearable computer system that enables C4ISR, Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) operations, Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) control, and much more for the dismounted operator. The MTS has a track record of high user adoption rates across a broad range of mission requirements. The MTS allows a SOF Operator to transition from computer operation to direct combat engagement in seconds with a wearable system incorporated into a compact plate carrier system, without compromising any of the certified ballistics protection. The MTS is fielded in every U.S. service branch, and well as with NATO and U.S. allies for a variety of applications.


FAC-US is DACAS software that is VMF, SADL, CoT, and Link-16 capable. FAC-US was designed from the ground up by JTACs for JTACs to assist both conventional and Special Operators conducting Close Air Support (CAS) and other mission sets with little or no training on the software. BDATech’s engineering team utilized a two-pronged approach in which they observed and analyzed end-user (JTAC) behavior, as well as applied human factors design principles to create a user-friendly, intuitive system tailored to the end user. This approach ensured that FAC-US would make DACAS simplistic enough for combat use. FAC-US integrates a variety of Video Downlink (VDL) devices, LASER Range Finders (LRFs), Designators (LTDs), and Radios. FAC-US also integrates information from ATAK and A-PASS autonomously ensuring that everything a JTAC needs to be successful is readily available.

About Black Diamond Advanced Technology, LLC

BDATech is the leader in wearable, tactical technology for Situational Awareness (SA), Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS) Ground Control Stations, Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS), and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) applications with programs of record in the US Air Force, US Marine Corp, Air National Guard, Australian Army, and Danish Army. BDATech solutions include communications & computing integration, peripheral power management, precision targeting software, and tactical airborne systems. BDATech is a trusted partner for mission success, adding value through innovative interoperability.

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