Stauder Technologies Delivers First Digital Targeting Handoff Android App to U.S. Marine Corps

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Stauder Technologies today delivered the initial release of the Gusto® Warfighter System, an Android-based suite of applications used by Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTAC), Joint Forward Observers (JFO), Forward Air Controllers (FAC), Forward Observers (FO), and Air Officers (AO) to locate targets and digitally transmit targeting data directly to strike aircraft, artillery batteries, and command and control (C2) centers. GUSTO® enables the warfighter, for the first time, to conduct Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) and Call for Fire (CFF) missions with a smart phone. This “easy button” approach gives the warfighter what they have been asking for – a light, easy to use device that provides blue force situational awareness, target mensuration, and direct aircraft and C2 communications using fielded military radios on a device that weighs less than 8 ounces.

Improving the warfighter user experience was a driving force in the innovation of the Gusto® system. The use of commercial off-the-shelf Android phones and tablets provides a readily available, less costly, smaller and lighter platform the digital generation already understands and uses daily. Touch-screen, wireless hardware gives warfighters the ability to quickly perform tasks graphically, allowing them to stay “heads up” on the battlefield.

One of the biggest challenges in developing technology for the military is ensuring the technology remains relevant throughout the lengthy acquisition and deployment cycle. Stauder Technologies addresses this challenge by developing a truly innovative device called “Hide®”. The Hide®, a small electronics box the size of a deck of cards, “bridges” the divide between legacy military hardware - radios, laser range finders, GPS devices, and even aircraft avionics- and the latest, cutting edge technology, such as smart phones and tablet computers. Hides® were delivered to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with the Gusto® systems.

“We are breaking the mold using commercial devices,” said Paul Davey, Stauder Technologies’ Gusto® product manager. “By using these tools we are making the equipment more effective for the guy on the ground and getting the product to the battlefield more quickly.”

Stauder Technologies is a privately held firm, founded in 1997, which has evolved into a leading provider of innovative targeting, geodetic and digital battlefield communications software and hardware for the United States military. Stauder Technologies is the prime integrator for the USMC’s program of record Target Location, Designation, and Handoff System (TLDHS). 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 Technologies’ offices and manufacturing complex are located in St. Peters Commercial Park in St. Peters, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

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