BASTION II C4I/Battlefield Management System

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BASTION II C4I/Battlefield Management System

Postby Nachmere » Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:29 pm



Type: Battlefield Management System
Communications: Cellular, VHF/UHF Radio, Satellite, Land line telephony.
Command level: Up to division
Platforms: Infantry, AFV, Aircraft, Naval Vessels.
Networking: Pre-defined, Ad-hoc, Geographical.
Integration per one brigade: 7,000,000 USD
Integration per one division: 20,000,000 USD
Integration per 25 aircraft: 700,000 USD
Per naval vessel: 250,000 USD
DPR: 500,000,000 USD


BASTION (Battlefield Systems Integration and Networking) II is a land, air and sea C4I system based on the older BASTION (originally developed by Nachmere Precision Systems). The system simplifies the gathering, dissemination and control of data and information relating to all aspects of the battlefield. It allows field commanders not only to access and easily view this data, but to choose which data they need and do not need. It simplifies combined arms operations and allows short "kill cycles" between maneuver, observation and fire assets. Furthermore, it greatly eases logistics management. Thanks to it’s deep and constant integration of mapping, data and imaging, BASTION II also makes navigation and orientation easier even in adverse electronic warfare environments.

Installation and Integration:

BASTION II relies on the existing sensors and communication devices of military platforms. The system can utilize the following sensors: laser range finders, electro-optic systems, fire-control computers, meteorological sensors, Radars, GPS. The "client" unit can be installed on any size vehicle, and even carried by infantry. When installed on a platform, BASTION II uses the platform's sensors to gather information, and it’s radio and satellite communication systems to disseminate it.

With use of tactical tablets or other devices and man portable radios, BASTION II can be used by dismounted troops. Moreover, with sufficient integration of such communications and computing devices, BASTION II Is applicable down to the individual soldier, not only giving his commanders unprecedented information about his situation, but providing him with unprecedented situational awareness and capabilities.

Nachmerean infantry using BASTION II on a tactical tablet in conjunction with a "Navi" augmented reality fire observation and direction device.

Communication and networking

As noted, BASTION II uses the already available communication methods available on modern military vehicles and carried by infantry. In the tactical level BASTION can use standard VHF/UHF military raddios, though it is highly recommended to use state of the art multi-band software defined radios. BASTION II also uses satellite data links for airborne and maritime units. In addition BASTION II can network using military cellular networks and land line communications. With modern broad-band radio or other communication methods, BASTION can transfer not only voice and data, but also imagery, environmental and video data.

The network is run similar to a private internet, with IP protocol. Each unit sends and receives information to all units using the same frequency and in range. The data is collected, integrated and disseminated further at higher levels (usually starting at the brigade level), where dedicated routers unify and combine the data from ground, air and land units and communications methods into a seamless “tactical internet”. Using modern SDRs, this network also allows for geographical ad-hoc networking, allowing quick integration of non-organic units into the local commanders network.

In normal conditions the system relies on GPS for self location, but a key advantage of BASTION IIs total use of sensors and imagery is it's ability to facilitate self, friendly forces and enemy location even under GPS jamming conditions. BASTION II is capable of doing this using terrain and image referencing and friendly emissions triangulations. The ability to maintain accurate location and navigation even under austere anti-GPS jamming may prove of great importance on the modern battlefield.

Due to the overwhelming amount of sensory data being collected by so many units, sorting information is extremely important. An automated system allows users to pre-define which information should and should not be shared and received. As an example, while a company commander sees not only the location, but even the gun-barrel of each tank in his unit displayed on his screen, the division commander merely sees an icon for a company in the location of the CO tank.

BASTION II is encrypted internally, and the information sent by it is useless unless the receiver has the system and the correct encryption keys. When used with an encrypted communications system it can be double encrypted.


BASTION II can be displayed and interfaced with on almost any modern milspec tactical computer, notebook or pad. In Schwerpunkt vehicles it is displayed on the available LCD screens and runs on the vehicles computers. For users not currently employing such devices, Schwerpunkt can supply them for vehicles and dismounted troops. In addition to being used via the typical screens, BASTION II can be used to create augmented reality - by overlaying the tactical data from BASTION II unto vehicle weapon sights, helmet mounted displays and even augmented reality goggles for infantry.

The system has 6 separate windows for different aspects of force management:

*Battle Planning and orders: Allows for creating, sharing and viewing complete operational plans, with attached maps, orders, and ORBATS. It allows for viewing the battle image over code-maps, satellite images, or 3D terrain visualizations. The planning and orders window also allows combat support planning - C4I and radio coverage and relay, logistics routes and assets, and medevac route and stations planning.

*Battle Management: This is the main window, which is used during operations. It allows for viewing the battle image over code-maps, satellite images, or 3D terrain visualizations. The user can see the location of friendly forces and known hostile forces. The user can also update known enemy forces. This is done by taking a range reading to the enemy, and then adding further information manually. The user can also calculate point-to-point distances, and lines-of-sight. Information added here by the user is automatically shared with other units.

*Fire management: This is typically used by field commanders to ask for and direct artillery and airstrikes. This is done by simply clicking on a location on the "map" or by ranging an enemy unit. It also allows for sending automated corrections to tube and rocket artillery.

*Munitions control window: An improvement over the original BASTION is the integration of Schwerpunkt made loitering munitions and tactical reconnaissance drones into the BASTION II software. This allows mounted and dismounted soldiers and commanders to control these assets and receive their imagery unto the devices running BASTION II, instead of requiring separate screens and devices for this purpose.

*Information Sharing: This window is used to send specific data that is not automatically sent by the system. This includes text messages, images and videos, and logistic reports. Videos and still images are captured by the AFVs existing systems. Text messaging allows free texting as well as predefined default massages. This system allows upper echelons to view the battle from the perspective of a specific tank, and also reduces the use of radio by lower tactical levels. An improvement over BASTION now allows live videos to be streamed as well.

*Internal Status: The window is used for updating the status of the specific unit carrying the BASTION. It allows updating ammunition and fuel shortages, mechanical problems, casualties, etc. In vehicles with automated systems collecting this data, BASTION II can be linked to automatically update it. This information is only sent when the user chooses to (manually or in predefined intervals).

Supporting applications

Schwerpunkt has developed several supporting applications that can communicate with BASTION II to ease the seam between operational and non-operational computing. These applications typically run on administrative computers but require use of data collected by BASTION II during operations.

Logistix II: Is a logistics software managing stocks, system life cycles, maintenance life cycles, supply schedules, transport assets, and more. When used in conjunction with BASTION II it wil automatically update such data as the round count of tank main guns, vehicle mileage, fuel and ammo supplies, and more. This greatly reduces the time needed to plan for and perform repair and rearm of forces during and between operations, ordering material from upper echelons, etc.

Medikit II: Is a typical medical management software for military users, dealing both with the administrative and professional aspects of military medicine. It contains medical records, controls stocks of supplies, allows for medical staff scheduling and much more. By synching Medikit II with BASTION II, Medikit automatizes casualty reports, medical supply management, medical data analysis and more.

Debrief II: Is a briefing, debriefing and data presentation software that allows using BASTION II data and other data to create spreadsheets, presentations and reports on planned and future operations. Because it is synchronized with BASTION II it has access to full data on each element in your force - it’s movements, actions and status at any time. Debrief greatly increases the accuracy of briefs and debriefs while at the same time reducing the time and effort spent on producing them.

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