The US Army and Northrop Grumman have deployed the first improved Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) that modifies its in-theatre missile warning capability.
Northrop Grumman announced on 22 May it had modified the JTAGS shelter and is providing more displays to improve battlespace awareness for the operators. Phase 2 of the pre-planned product improvement (P3I) programme will upgrade the hardware and software.
JTAGS receives and processes data directly downlinked from the US Air Force-operated Defense Support Program satellites, the Space Based Infrared System, and other infrared satellite sensors. JTAGS has access to various communications networks including Link 16, the Common Message Format, and TAB 37 Variable Message Format.