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  • October 29, 2009

Saab Systems Grintek on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Kaizen Integrated Tactical Technologies (KITT) is the result of a Saab Systems Grintek (SSG) South Africa (SA) Research and Development (R&D) programme to cater for the requirements of a modern tactical Command, Control, Communication & Information (C3I) environment for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). KITT is part of the long-term SSG strategy for the development of a common application development platform for current and future projects.

The above is info that is publicly available at kitt.co.za.

Like what Northrop Grumman, Boeing, ND SatCom, and many others provide, SSG has a centralized platform, called KORE, where the NetBeans Platform plays a central role. On top of KORE, various applications are created.

Here are the two current products:

  • Tactical Geographical Information System (TGIS). Based on a C3I system product developed for the South African Navy (SAN) for an Operational Boat Squadron (OBS) base camp. The TGIS component has now been ported onto the KITT platform as a NetBeans module.

    The TGIS can be used in the following environments:

    • Situational Awareness on a tactical level for peacekeeping missions.
    • Real-time Common Operating Picture (COP) of ground, maritime and air platforms.
    • Military operations other than conventional warfare.

  • Symmetry. A generic analysis tool for determining interoperability between nodes on a tactical network. The focus of the tool is currently to determine the level of semantic interoperability between consort systems on different network nodes implementing the Link-ZA standard. Link-ZA is the tactical data link standard that forms a part of the CNIS. This product allows for an NxN comparison of all defence platforms making use of Link-ZA.

Now have a look at the future projects and read about the various new features and applications that are being planned.

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