in Defence

DSEI 2021: Irish Air Corps equips PC-12 fleet with SitaWare C2 software

Posted 14 September 2021 · Add Comment

The command-and-control system has been fitted to utility and ISTAR types


SitaWare C2 software has been installed on all of the Irish Air Corps’ PC-12NG aircraft.
Image courtesy Defence Forces Ireland

Longstanding operator of Systematic’s SitaWare command-and-control (C2) suite, Defence Forces Ireland, has installed the software on its fleet of four Pilatus PC-12NG aircraft.

Operated by the Irish Air Corps, one aircraft is configured for the utility role and three ‘SPECTRE’ platforms provide an advanced Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability to the Defence Forces.


SitaWare Headquarters and SitaWare Frontline both feature on the aircraft, with Headquarters used for overall mission management and Frontline to interface with ground and naval components, explains Captain Paul Shorte, CIS Officer at the Defence Forces Training Centre.


The software can draw on data from the multi-mission sensors that are fitted to the ‘SPECTRE’ platforms as well as information from external sources.


SitaWare enables data to be shared with all mission participants, ensuring seamless C2 and near real-time situational awareness across all domains and command levels.


“Onboard the PC-12s SitaWare is intended for a range of military and non-military roles,” says Capt Shorte, “For example, the software was recently used to help tackle wild fires, where it was linked to crews operating on the ground.”


“The software also enables us to seamlessly handover the management of an operation to a new aircraft when it comes on-station. When they arrive they already have all of the mission data and are fully appraised of the situation,” adds Capt Shorte.


SitaWare is also set to be integrated on the two Airbus C295 aircraft that are due to enter service with the Irish Air Corps in 2023, these platforms will primarily focus on maritime patrol duties.


“Defence Forces Ireland are an experienced operator of the entire SitaWare suite across all branches, and are quick to introduce innovative ways of working with the software,” notes Matthew Millward, Systematic’s Vice President of Business Development for UK, North Africa and Western Europe, “Their use of the software on board the PC-12 aircraft further demonstrates SitaWare’s multi-domain utility.”


SitaWare has been used in a number of operational roles with Defence Forces Ireland, as varied as fisheries protection, peacekeeping in the Middle East, and counter narcotics. Recently SitaWare was used by the Defence Forces as they assisted in the Irish government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The SitaWare suite is operationally proven and has been delivered to more than 30 countries. The software provides comprehensive C2 across all levels of the battlespace, from the dismounted commander with SitaWare Edge through to mounted elements with SitaWare Frontline, and higher levels of command with SitaWare Headquarters.
 
Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Flare Bright facility at Westcott officially opened by MP Greg Smith

A new facility for autonomous drone developer Flare Bright was unveiled by Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham at Westcott yesterday.

NP Aerospace awarded MoD VSCAPS contract

NP Aerospace has been awarded a contract under the UK MoD Vehicle Support Capital Spares Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement (VSCAPS).

The Air League celebrates UK aviation and aerospace excellence

The Air League has recognised a number of remarkable individual achievements that have made an outstanding contribution to British aviation and aerospace at its Annual Reception held earlier this month at the Terrace Pavilion, House

Inmarsat launches OneFi

Inmarsat today announced the launch of its innovative new OneFi customer experience platform for airlines.

Gatwick recruits equal number of male and female engineering apprentices

Gatwick Airport is proud to have recruited four new engineering apprentices for its 2021 cohort, with an equal split between males and females for the first time.

Airbus and partners target more energy efficient flights

Airbus, Air France and DSNA, the French Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), have begun working towards the development of 'most energy efficient flights', following their inaugural demonstration flight from Paris to Toulouse

ODU UK SK0902311221
See us at
RAF Museum BT