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Navy Tactical Input Segment (N-TIS)

Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Afloat Planning System (APS) A/N SWQ-1(V) and Joint Service Imagery Processing System-Navy (JSIPS-N) equipment includes the Digital Imagery Workstation Suite Afloat (DIWSA) A/N SYQ-18, Navy Standard Tactical Advanced Computer 3 (TAC-3) hardware containing the TLAM Planning Segment (TPSA), Precision Targeting Workstation (PTW) and Mission Distribution System (MDS) equipment, the Navy Tactical Input Segment (N-TIS) OL-553/SSQ hardware and the National Input Segment (NIS) hardware hosted on a Sun series workstation.

The U.S. Air Force (ESC/ICI), under the sponsorship of the Program Executive Officer, Cruise Missiles Project and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Joint Project, has developed a shipboard version of the Joint Service Imagery Processing System (JSIPS) Tactical Input Segment (TIS) for the Navy. The TIS is the digital imagery interface between the airborne sensor and the ground exploitation workstation and is an integral part of the Navy JSIPS (JSIPS-N).

A major upgrade to the production TIS is planned with the goal of reducing the footprint of the Engineering Development Model while increasing the number of sensor types capable of being processed by the system. Central to this upgrade is the Common Imagery Processor (CIP), a Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) initiative, which will insure compliance with the Common Imagery Ground/Surface System (CIGSS) architecture. A color Screening Workstation with rudimentary exploitation capabilities and an Uninterruptable Power Source will also be added via this upgrade. Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) equipment shall be used where possible to reduce proprietary hardware, software and firmware.

Input to the TIS will be either by data link, through the Common High Bandwidth Data Link - Shipboard Terminal (CHBDL-ST), or by Mission Tape Cassette Recorder (TCR), one of two TCRs contained within the TIS. The TIS will output processed imagery in NITF 2.0 format to a Strike Planning Archive (SPA) where it will be stored for later retrieval and exploitation on other components of the JSIPS-N. The Air Force, as the executive agency, will acquire a minimum of twenty seven (27) TIS units over a period of four years, commencing in Fiscal Year 1998, for use by the Navy. The vehicle for this acquisition is to be the Recce/Intel Ground Systems (R/IGS) Products and Services contract. Twelve (12) units are planned for installation aboard aircraft carriers, twelve (12) aboard amphibious assault ships, and three units at shore sites as these systems become available.

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