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IPADS Improved Position & Azimuth Determining System Advanced Battlefield Inertial Surveying System for Military & Operational Applications
IPADS Improved Position & Azimuth Determining System

Advanced Battlefield Inertial Surveying System for Military & Operational Applications

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IPADS Improved Position & Azimuth Determining System

EMCORE’s Improved Position and Azimuth Determining System (IPADS) is an advanced inertial surveying system specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Developed with a focus on functionality, navigational accuracy, portability, survivability, and affordability, IPADS is tailored to enhance the effectiveness of military survey teams.

IPADS is proven to be reliable, meeting PADS accuracy and environmental standards, providing a trustworthy, off-the-shelf solution. Its compact and lightweight design allows for easy transport and deployment in various military settings, and its robust housing enables maximum durability and stability, ensuring long-lasting performance under harsh conditions.

Key Features
  • High-Precision Surveying: Enables efficient mass fire coordination with precise survey capabilities.
  • Common Architecture: Compatible with multiple systems including MLRS, HIMARS, Firefinder, Paladin, and Long-Range Air Surveillance Radar.
  • Navigation Aids: Equipped with compass rose and digital maps to assist in navigation and positioning.
  • Versatile Surveying: Capable of both in-vehicle and offset surveys, offering flexibility in various operational scenarios.
  • Combat-Proven Reliability: Features embedded Built-In Test (BIT), high reliability MTBF, and low MTTR, ensuring dependable performance in the field.
  • Maintenance-Free Operation: Requires no periodic calibration, reducing downtime and maintenance efforts.
Core Components
  • Compact Position/Navigation Unit (CPNU): Ensures accurate positioning and navigation in diverse environments.
  • Control and Display Unit (CDU): Provides intuitive control and clear data display for efficient survey operations.
  • Battery and Charger Unit (BCU): Offers robust power solutions for extended missions.
  • Porro Prism Assembly (PPA): Enhances azimuth determination accuracy, critical for military survey tasks.
Military Applications

The IPADS system is engineered to support a wide range of military survey and artillery applications:

  • Artillery Survey: Precisely marks Survey Control Point (SCP) positions to initialize weapon systems and Orienting Line (OL) positions for aligning artillery assets.
  • Combat Operations: Enhances navigation and survey accuracy for effective combat planning and execution.
  • Vehicle and Aircraft Transfer>: Designed for easy two-person transfer between vehicles and aircraft, ensuring rapid deployment and flexibility in the field.

EMCORE’s IPADS delivers impressive precision and reliability for military survey teams, making it the ideal inertial surveying system for modern defense operations. Its advanced design, comprehensive features, and proven performance ensure that survey and artillery units can operate with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency.

IPADS is also manufactured in an International version and a GPS version, which are both impervious to jamming and have Embedded Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) GPS option. The GPS option has the additional features of being resistant to jamming in GPS-aided mode, and having the common architecture and components (MLRS, HIMARS, Firefinder, Paladin and Long-Range Air Surveillance Radar) present in the original version, but not the International one.