Military operations necessitate the capability for engaging hostile surface combatants, submarines, aircraft, missiles and torpedoes for self-protection as well as for task force protection. In addition, the core tasks of the navy in the 21st century include the safeguarding of shipping lanes in national and international waters, together with the support of military operations in crisis areas and war zones.
A traditional warship has to be transformed into a multi-role combat ship in order to meet the changing operational requirements and varied tasks associated with providing maritime security.
With the F125 class frigate, the German Navy has taken the step forward to a multi-role surface combatant. Besides its many new capabilities, the ANCS combat management system now also covers the expanded mission profile, such as the precise, selective and flexible engagement of enemy forces, tactical fire support from sea to land, support for special forces, the combating of asymmetric threats, as well as joint and multinational operations with prolonged availability in operational areas all over the world.
Thanks to the expanded mission profile, the requirement for a high level of automation and, in particular, through the new operating concept developed jointly with the German Navy, ANCS has been given many sophisticated capabilities that combine to make it a unique combat management system:
The operation of the Combat System is very much dependent on the User Interface of the combat management system. ATLAS has designed the ANCS user interface together with operators of the German Navy based on a ‘user centric’ approach.
Limited human resources and space within the Combat Information Centre and redundancy requirements do not permit the usage of dedicated consoles to support operation of integrated sub-systems and related tactical functions. Instead ANCS uses Multi-Function Consoles capable of running the user interface of any implemented tactical function. Therefore all subsystems are able to be controlled from any of the consoles.
To provide optimum support for the duties of the operator, the information content of the user interface is adapted to fit the specific role of the operator. The layout of the display always follows the same system. Here too, the interface exhibits a modular structure.
ATLAS has a proud history of combat management implementations for various surface combatants. In combination with our experienced combat system integrators ATLAS is able to provide sound combat systems for the German Navy and for export customers.