Threat Unmanned Devices (TUD)

Project Office: PM ITTS Threat Systems Management Office (TSMO)

MISSION: To provide a threat representative Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Electronic Warfare (EW) surrogate Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

DESCRIPTION: TUD provides realistic threat representations for the purpose of locating, identifying, and targeting Blue Systems through the utilization of sensors and surrogate jamming capabilities integrated on a DA-40 aerial platform to represent actual UAV capabilities in potentially restricted environments. Threat electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) and Control Signal Transmitter payloads will effectively represent the capabilities utilized in unmanned aerial platforms. Unmanned seismic and acoustic ground sensors will be integrated through a Ground Control Station, effectively allowing for the continued command and control by the Red Commander.

CFI, working with the Prime Contractor Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), engineered, designed, developed, built and delivered three HMMWV based platforms/shelters for use as control stations to operate the unmanned aircraft used in the TUD program. This included design of the shelter power systems, power distribution, signal entry, equipment mounting and layout, environmental control, RF and Data distribution and RF output mast design. CFI's contribution during the requirements definition phase was to flow Top Level requirements down to systems and sub-systems to translate the requirements into a specific hardware configuration. During the design phase, CFI provided research and expertise to improve functionality and performance. Life-cycle costs were addressed and reduced by maximum usage of current military technology combined with COTS technology when performance could be improved while lowering costs. During the Development phase, CFI developed hardware necessary to complete the system for testing and fielding. CFI has deep experience with providing practical, usable, ergonomically designed ground station configurations while meeting or exceeding theoretical performance requirements. CFI maintains a QC program using the AS9100C QMS for all our design, fabrication, and integration projects. CFI also designs and fabricates the subcomponents used in our programs. CFI provided a fully integrated platform for the prime to populate with the required electronics. CFI produced three units to the limited rate production schedule required by the program while meeting all QMS requirements and schedule requirements.