U.S. Navy Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS II)
The TCTS II program replaces the Navy and Marine Corps’ training range infrastructure while improving effectiveness of training across all squadrons and fleet forces. The U.S. Air Force has also joined the TCTS II program, and will field systems under the name P6 Combat Training System (P6CTS). Supporting real-time operational air combat training for a variety of missions and platforms, including legacy and advanced aircraft, the new system enables the blending of live and synthetic elements into training known as Live, Virtual and Constructive. TCTS II fields the first certified multi-level security (MLS) training equipment in both airborne and ground equipment to protect the tactics, techniques and procedures being used. TCTS II also provides interoperability for joint and coalition training with fourth and fifth-generation platforms while aligning with industry software standards such as the FACE™ Technical Standard and Software Communications Architecture (SCA).
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Collins Aerospace is currently completing a successful Cross Domain Solution (CDS) certification approval for the TCTS II system. That certification is with the NSA and the National Cross Domain Strategy Management Office (NCDSMO), and it meets their new “Raise the Bar” CDS security standards. Collins says that “INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is able to uniquely meet the functional requirements of the Navy’s TCTS CDS and the corresponding Raise the Bar security assurance requirements.”
Collins Aerospace selected the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS running on a Xilinx® UltraScale+™ FPGA for the TCTS II solution. Key factors in the selection of INTEGRITY-178 tuMP were its proven Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) architecture, the ability to host Multi-Level Security (MLS) applications such as CDS, the ability to host a guest OS and legacy applications in a secure virtualized partition, and its conformance to the FACE™ 3.0 Technical Standard.
- White Paper
Creating a Trusted Embedded Platform for MLS Applications
- Press Release 21-Jan-2020:
Green Hills Software Operating System Selected by Collins Aerospace for U.S. Navy Tactical Combat Training System Increment II Solution
- Collins Aerospace TCTS II webpage:
Tactical Combat Training System (TCTS) Increment II
- Article on Raise the Bar and TCTS II by Collins Aerospace
Raise the Bar: Demanding Cybersecurity Excellence for Cross Domain Solutions in the Battlespace