U.S. Army demonstrates cutting-edge ETAK system for air defense Soldiers

The U.S. Army has demonstrated cutting-edge Enhanced Target Acquisition Kit, or ETAK, that designed to provide day, night and degraded visual environment target acquisition and tracking for man-portable systems for Warfighters.

According to a statement issued by U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Soldiers in Europe demonstrated the ETAK during the Sabre Guardian exercise earlier this year.

Members of SMDC have developed the Enhanced Target Acquisition Kit, or ETAK, to provide day, night and degraded visual environment target acquisition and tracking for man-portable systems.

“ETAK augments the Soldiers’ existing equipment so they are able to see at night and receive sensor tracks to cue the Soldier to the location of the threat,” said Justin Novak, SMDC Future Warfare Center computer engineer.

ETAK is designed to leverage existing combat equipment to provide air space situational awareness, early warning, and rapid sensor assisted acquisition and tracking capabilities to dismounted Soldiers over tactical networks.

The kit was developed by the command’s U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager for Strategic Missile Defense’s Prototyping and Experimentation Branch in two increments. The first is a rail sight mount for the weapon, and the second is a sensor-based cueing system.

In tandem, the kit cues a Soldier to the vicinity of the target using the sensor and then enables positive identification and tracking of the target via the night optic. ETAK capitalizes on Army investments leveraging the latest generation night optics and augmented reality display technology. ETAK is field mountable and dismountable and does not degrade the capabilities of the existing system.

“The goal of ETAK is to increase the Soldiers’ capability to acquire and engage targets with man-portable weapons,” Novak said. “In addition to being able to acquire targets, the system is also able to show where friendly units are. This capability will help reduce the possibility of having a …read more

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