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COMPOSITE TRACKING NETWORK

DESCRIPTION

The Composite Tracking Network (CTN) system provides a joint sensor netting capability integrating ground, surface, and airborne sensors through the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) network to provide accurate, composite, real-time airborne tracks to Command and Control (C2) nodes. CTN provides an accurate representation of the airspace, reducing ground-to-air and air-to-air fratricide, enabling air and surface Integrated Fire Control (IFC), and extending air defensive capability of forces in the littorals. The CTN, deployed with the Compact Solid State Antenna (CSSA), distributes sensor measurement and composite track data to C2 nodes and weapon systems participating in a CEC network. Data distribution occurs via the CSSA, a product now out of production with limited serviceability. The Common Array Block – Expeditionary (CAB-E) engineering change proposal replaces the CSSA. The CAB-E antenna provides a more reliable antenna capability to the Operating Forces. The CAB-E antenna supports future large-scale data distribution system networks. The CAB-E antenna is being developed alongside the Navy’s Common Array Block – Surface Antenna, collectively known as the Common Array Block – Family of Antennas (CABFoA). The CAB-FoA development is being conducted under a research and development contract with the prime contractor, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in St. Petersburg, FL. The Program Executive Office Integrated Weapon Systems (PEO IWS) manages the contracts for CAB-FoA.

OPERATIONAL IMPACT

The CTN interfaces with Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S), AN/TPS- 80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR), and the AN/TPS-59 Radar to provide the Marine Air Ground Task Force and Joint Task Commander with a ground-based sensor netting solution that correlates sensor measurement data from local and remote radars in the CEC network. CTN provides an accurate representation of the airspace, reducing ground-to-air and air-to-air fratricide, enabling air and surface Integrated Fire Control (IFC), and extending air defensive capability of forces in the littorals.

PROGRAM STATUS

The USMC CTN program is in the Operations and Support phase of the acquisition lifecycle. The CTN achieved Initial Operating Capability during 2011 and achieved Full Operational Capability in 2016.

Procurement Profile:

FY 2018 - QTY 5*
FY 2019 - QTY 5*

*Procurement of the CAB-E antenna

Developer/Manufacturer:

CAB-E - AN/USG-4B Design Agent:

Raytheon Integrated Defense,
St. Petersburg, FLA

AN/MSQ-143A(V)1 System Integrator:

Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division