Stauder Technologies and Instro Technology Systems Bring Precision Targeting to the US Marines

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The US Marine Corps (USMC) placed a purchase order with Stauder Technologies for an advanced precision targeting capability that complements Stauder’s StrikeLink® system currently fielded to the US Marine Corps. Stauder Technologies and Instro Technology Systems have taken precision targeting to the next level.

The US Marine Corps (USMC) placed a purchase order with Stauder Technologies for an advanced precision targeting capability that complements Stauder’s StrikeLink® system currently fielded to the US Marine Corps. Stauder Technologies and Instro Technology Systems have taken precision targeting to the next level. The two companies have been working together over the last 10 months to integrate Instro’s Digital Meerkat encoder tripod with Stauder’s StrikeLink® Joint Effects Targeting and Coordination System. Marine Forward Observers (FOs) and Joint Tactical Terminal Controllers (JTACs) use the StrikeLink® software and equipment suite, known by the USMC as the Target Location, Designation and Hand-off Systems (TLDHS), to identify and enable prosecution of enemy targets to support ground troops under fire in battle zones. The addition of the Digital MeerKat addresses a critical operational need to acquire highly precise coordinates of targets and calculate target location error. With the StrikeLink® and Digital Meerkat, StrikeLink® operators now have the most advanced digitally aided land, sea, and air combined fires targeting system on the battlefield.

Instro's Digital Meerkat integrated encoder tripod represents a new concept in lightweight angular measurement devices. The Digital Meerkat offers precise angular position, or bearing, with the convenience of a lightweight tripod, in a single compact integrated unit. The Digital Meerkat tripod also includes precision controls to provide stable and more precise manual pointing. The Digital Meerkat includes accelerometers and inclinometers for post set-up nudge and tilt detection. It continuously measures the azimuth of the line of sight, transmitting digital readings to the StrikeLink® computer via a single USB port. By eliminating the need for external power sources and separate batteries, Digital Meerkat encoder tripods allow StrikeLink® users to greatly simplify the setup and data-logging to more accurately determine target location.

The Stauder Technologies’ StrikeLink® system, the TLDHS program of record for the US Marine Corps, uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) combined with a Laser Range Finder (LRF) and digital imaging technologies to identify and locate targets and then digitally transmit this targeting and mission information directly into air, sea, and land weapon delivery platforms, including aircraft, ground based artillery and mortars, and naval gunships. This marks a significant advancement, improving response time and minimizing fratracide, compared to the binocular, compass, paper map and voice call methods that have been in use for targeting and handoff for decades.

Instro Technology Systems (Instro) is one of the leading suppliers and system integrators of support equipment for military and commercial electro-optical sensors in the world today. Instro is a well-established and experienced supplier of precision equipment with proven design expertise and demonstrable track record. Instro products have been proven in forward observation, surveillance and reconnaissance missions by the military, paramilitary and civilian customers of more than 50 countries.
Stauder Technologies is a privately held firm, founded in 1997, which has evolved into a leading provider of targeting, geodetic and communications software for the United States military. Its StrikeLink® system is designed to support ground troops and saves lives by distinguishing between enemy targets and friendly forces and reducing the human error and time involved in the manual method of target identification, location and handoff. Stauder’s office and manufacturing complex are located in St. Peters Commercial Park in St. Peters, Missouri, located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

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