DRS Defense Solutions creates backpack version of its Mobile Mapping Networking Suite

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 22, 2011. DRS Defense Solutions announced that its Intelligence, Communications and Avionics Solutions (ICAS) business unit has successfully tested the man-portable backpack version of its MAGIC (Mobile Mapping of Air and Ground Intelligence Collection) Enhanced Situational Awareness airborne mission networking suite.

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BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 22, 2011. DRS Defense Solutions announced that its Intelligence, Communications and Avionics Solutions (ICAS) business unit has successfully tested the man-portable backpack version of its MAGIC (Mobile Mapping of Air and Ground Intelligence Collection) Enhanced Situational Awareness airborne mission networking suite.

BackPack MAGIC uses commercial handheld display devices to process and display situational awareness information at the via a wireless link to the backpack. By using a proprietary government software suite, it is capable of receiving and transmitting in line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight modes of operation. Capabilities include providing RF email, full motion video, IP data, voice networking and secure voice. Packs may be networked in hard-wired or wireless configurations, allowing maximum flexibility.

Weighing in at 26 pounds and enclosed within a commercial soft-sided canvas backpack, this compact package gives the warfighter data, voice, intelligence, threat and Blue Force Tracking capability while using popular display devices. All of the display options include night vision imaging system (NVIS) screen filters.

The pack is able to be shouldered and secured within one minute. The system can run for more than eight hours on its self-contained power source as well as draw power from other sources such as aircraft and ground vehicles.

MAGIC, which is expandable, is also available in ground station, vehicle and aircraft configurations.

Headquartered in suburban Dayton, Ohio, DRS Intelligence, Communications and Avionics Solutions (ICAS) provides product and system level capabilities ranging from intelligence and communications to avionics and irregular warfare.

DRS Defense Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRS Technologies, is a provider of products, services and systems integration to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors.

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