November 1, 2005 Fratricide is the military term for getting killed by your own side. As dreadful as it may sound, it happens in every conflict and one of the key objective in the digitalisation of the battlefield is to eliminate the self-inflicted carnage. Raytheon (RSL) is currenty trialling two Battlefield Target Identification Device (BTID) Transponders at the Coalition Combat Identification Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator (ACTD) trials being undertaken on Salisbury Plain which are intended to do just that. RSL was contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in July this year to provide the systems and also to provide vehicle integration and associated technical support during the trials. The Raytheon equipment will be fielded on UK, US and Italian combat vehicles.
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