The fog of war. The chaos of combat. On the battlefield, you have only seconds to spot and identify a friend or foe on the horizon before deciding whether or not to engage – all while risking being fired upon. In today’s conflicts, friendly fire is a growing risk, as warfighters face split-second life-or-death decisions.
Viasat plays a vital role in preventing friendly fire to save lives by powering the next-generation Blue Force Tracking 2, and Situational Awareness SATCOM and line-of-sight communications for the U.S. and allied forces.
These technologies continously monitor the location and progress of friendly and enemy forces so that mobile warfighters see a clear, up-to-date common operating picture map for accurate situational awareness. Along with Position, Location, Identification (PLI) information, these systems allow warfighters to message each other and coordinate mission execution to reduce fratricide, precisely allocate firepower, and diffuse threatening situations.