DSEi 2011: Rockwell Collins launches Sentinel soldier system
Rockwell Collins is launching its new Sentinel integrated soldier system at DSEi as part of its drive to capture more of the European market.
The Sentinel system is one of the lightest currently available with the complete system weighing less than 4kg, ‘making it the lightest, full capability integrated soldier system available,’ according to the company.
‘The first thing you have to do is convince soldiers that it’s worth carrying any additional weight,’ Claude Alber, Rockwell Collins vice president and managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) told Shephard. ‘It needs to bring value to him and our system is very light. It’s the lightest full capability integrated soldier system available,’ he stated.
The system provides soldiers with full-connectivity within the larger network as well as general situational awareness. It enables soldiers to receive and send messages, maps and other multimedia information on the terrain to the entire network in real-time.
Sentinel utilises an open system approach making it affordable to customise solutions specifically to each unit. The company said that it is easy to reconfigure as missions change and it includes nation specific and NATO data formats, making it suitable for military forces globally. The system is interoperable with a wide variety of equipment including any soldier radio with data transmission capability and a range of battle management software.
The complete sentinel system includes: Multiple versions of the computer that can support different operating systems for battle management (such as Windows, Linux and Android); hybrids; soldier worn displays, with options for wrist, helmet and eye-shield mountings; a variety of user interface devices; navigation capabilities; integration with government furnished communications systems; the FireStorm soldier control unit; OpenEdge battle-management software; SecureOne high-assurance security technologies; and two USB ports and RS232 connection.