DRS Defense Solutions unveils man-portable MAGIC
DRS Defense Solutions has unveiled the man-portable version of its MAGIC (Mobile Mapping of Air and Ground Intelligence Collection) Enhanced Situational Awareness airborne mission networking suite following successful testing by its Intelligence, Communications and Avionics Solutions (ICAS) business unit.
Known as BackPack MAGIC, the system uses commercial handheld display devices to process and display vital situational awareness information at the user’s fingertips via a wireless link to the backpack. According to the company, by using a proprietary government software suite, it is capable of receiving and transmitting in line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight modes of operation. Capabilities include providing RF email, full motion video, IP data, voice networking and secure voice. Packs may be networked in hard-wired or wireless configurations, allowing maximum flexibility.
DRS says the system weighs in at 26 pounds when enclosed within a commercial soft-sided canvas backpack, giving warfighters enhanced data, voice, intelligence, threat and Blue Force Tracking capability while using popular display devices. All of the display options include night vision imaging system (NVIS) screen filters.
The company said the pack is able to be shouldered and secured within one minute. The system can run for more than eight hours on its self-contained power source as well as draw power from other sources such as aircraft and ground vehicles. BackPack MAGIC bridges the situational awareness gap of mounted and dismounted troops to collect and share critical voice, intelligence, and data-link information during missions such as foreign internal defense (FID), personnel recovery, search and rescue, special operations, as well as operations requiring a low profile.
The MAGIC system, which is expandable, is also available in ground station, vehicle and aircraft configurations.
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