Cybicom Atlas Defence [CAD] has been working on development of a new locally produced Naval Command and Control (C2) system.
The new C2 is the third generation command and control tool developed by CAD and incorporates more than a decade of experience and domain knowledge.
Previous forays into the command and control domain were in conjunction with major roleplayers including Atlas Elektronik, based in Bremen, Germany and the Institute of Maritime Technology (IMT) in Simon’s Town.
The latest evolution of the CAD C2 has been designed to incorporate a ground up approach and includes many critical aspects raised during design workshops with senior SA Navy officers.
The CAD C2 places strong emphasis on simple and robust. System architecture allows for rapid organic growth and is truly scalable. The new C2 takes advantage of the latest development tools available and is not weighed down with complex code and architecture, the result of a larger more complicated system being “scaled down”. The CAD C2 is extremely agile and able to challenge the normal convention that naval command and control systems are complex and expensive.
The CAD C2 has been designed with fisheries and environmental protection; police and customs surveillance and interdiction; search and rescue, evacuation, and humanitarian assistance; inshore and offshore patrolling and reconnaissance; anti-piracy and country resource protection; training vessels; ferries; riverine operations; special operations; harbour surveillance and protection; and own boat self-protection in mind.
Over the last few years CAD invested a significant amount of self-funded research and development into the new C2 recognised by the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU), a Department of Science and Technology (DST) initiative hosted and incubated by the CSIR. TLIU assisted CAD in design and development of the C2 with technology and funding assistance which places the CAD C2 at market entry position.
Apart from opportunities in South Africa, the C2 has opportunities for export and when coupled with predominantly South African sensors and effectors will lead to a significant foreign sales potential, which in turn creates further employment and technology expansion.
“Support from TLIU has been fantastic and enabled us as a company to break the barrier associated with non-recurring costs for a product like this.” said Phetso Kekana, compliance director at CAD, “We now need to take advantage of the gap we have identified in the market.”
The C2 system incorporates electronic sea chart data and provides for naval oriented functional overlays. Basic functions include optical camera field of view; compass rings; MIL-STD 2525 symbology and track history; moving havens and alert zones; weapon safety arcs and position and distance measuring.
CAD is now looking to implement a basket of predominantly locally produced and/or supported sensors and effectors to create a complete turnkey solution for new builds and upgrades. The synergies created will have a positive effect on companies involved as it will be attractive to offer a fully integrated solution compared to individual sub-systems.
Included in the basic configuration design are marine radar (navigation and surveillance); automatic identification system (AIS); optical sensor integration (daytime and thermal); remote weapon systems; remote search light option and remote metrological data sensors and effectors.
CAD is committed to supplier development and will assist in the creation of new entrants into the defence industry. This will be achieved by developing new suppliers for locally manufactured items such as search lights, consoles/cabinets, and cable reticulation.
The latest in simulation technology has gone into the CAD C2 system. This includes scenario simulation, interface stimulation and graphic image generation. The impact of the application of the simulation is that all HMI and interfaces are thoroughly stress tested and the system can be supplied with a fully functional training mode.