Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Tactical Battle Management Core Systems
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: TBMCS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2000
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Description: The US joint services Tactical Battle Management Core Systems (TBMCS) is the primary system for planning and executing the joint air campaign, coordinating and directing flying operations. TBMCS users include commanders, pilots and air crews from joint air battle management centers and flying wings around the world. The system achieved initial operational capability in October 2000. TBMCS links fighter aircrafts, air refueling tankers, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles in the joint battlefield. The whole system is resident at five Air and Space Operations Centers (AOCs) and more than 20 joint command centers and US Navy ships around the globe. The first full-scale deployment backed by this system occurred in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom orchestrating some 41,000 air sorties.
According to Lockheed-Martin, TBMCS has evolved from a large client-server application to a much more streamlined, web-based enterprise. In fact, the system responds to the network-centric warfare concept which is really appreciated by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and was envisaged as one of 21st century warfare key elements.
As of April 2005, Lockheed-Martin was implementing the first TBMCS Upgrade which focus on better hardware and software as well as some security improvements. The first Upgrade, aimed at the Unit Level component, upgraded maintenance applications that allow operations and maintenance personnel to more efficiently track and manage aircraft repairs. The modification work was expected to conclude in June 2005.
The second Upgrade is aimed at the AOC component and will focus on enhanced applications for intelligence, targeting and mission planning for the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The other 25 percent of TBMCS applications which were not modified under first Upgrade effort will move from client-server system to web-based architecture. Both Upgrades will left 75 percent of TBMCS applications available on-line. The second Upgrade will move six critical application to the web: Global Command and Control System Integrated Imagery and Intelligence System, Joint Targeting Toolkit, Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual, Joint Defensive Planner, Master Air Attack Plan Toolkit and Airspace De-confliction Tool.
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