FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Central Technical Support Facility, a major subordinate of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, assisted the U.S. Army Futures Command's Combat Capabilities Development Command, C5ISR Center's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate engineering team by providing a central shipping, receiving, and storage location for their mobile lab equipment and on-site testing.

This support also included tactical integration areas for setup, checkout, and staging of equipment and target vehicles as NVESD conducted a target acquisition sensor imagery collection event from April 22 through 26, 2019.

The data collected during the experiment provided information and evaluation of the Aided Target Detection/Recognition algorithms for the NGCV. The sensors of interest included the Agile Integration Development and Experimentation LRAS3 and the Hostile Fire Detection/Location Uncooled Infrared. The primary objective was to collect high resolution imagery over varied terrain including various vehicle and personnel targets at ranges up to three kilometers with wide, medium, and narrow fields of view, while the line of sight was panned at various rates.

The CTSF also provided tailored geospatial products and maps of the Ft. Hood ranges to assist with planning and execution of target locations and assisted in coordinating with Ft. Hood Range Control, the Operational Test Command, and local vendors to provide range access, logistics, power generation, and tactical vehicles for the experiment. NVESD may return to Ft. Hood for operational testing or additional experimentation and data collection later in 2019. CTSF is prepared to assist with coordination, integration, and testing to support warfighter modernization priorities.

Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF), at Fort Hood, Texas, is the Army's strategic facility for Army Interoperability Certification testing and configuration management for all operational Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems, applications and hardware before fielding.