iGov’s TACLAN program added ATAK to its FCD-W system. It included testing with VMF and Link-16 compatibility. From the Embedded Military.com report:
iGov announced that it has completed Operational Utility Assessment (OUA) on its Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Family of System (FoS) Field Computing Device-Wearable (FCD-W). Testing was accomplished during Digitally-Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) testing at a Department of Defense (DoD) test range in Nevada.
During the week-long testing event, iGov tested the Variable Message Format (VMF) and Situation Awareness Data Link (SADL) with various aircraft. CAS “9-line” brief instructions, Air on Station reports, and other digital information was passed between the FCD-W system and the aircraft; additionally, ground forces successfully tested video downlinks from the aircraft.
iGov’s TACLAN system is designed for special operation forces; the aim is to have a wearable system optimized for combat operations that allows an end-user device to connect to multiple command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) devices. These capabilities, say iGov, will greatly enhances the users’ ability to conduct targeting missions, enhance situational awareness (SA), and aid navigation.
Greg Kaighin, iGov’s TACLAN FCD-W project engineer, says “The FCD-W is designed for the dismounted warrior and incorporates a suite of SA and DACAS applications, including ATAK, mobileJECL and ATRAX supporting VMF, Link 16, SADL, and ANW2.”
Here’s a second report on the same event.