INSTRUMENTATION PLAYER UNIT - IPU
The Instrumentation Player Unit (IPU) provides Player-to-Player and Command Center-to-Player Communications while supporting centralized and decentralized Engagement Adjudication and Real-Time Casualty Assessment (RTCA).
The Instrumentation Player Unit (IPU) is a versatile and capable collective instrumentation unit with universal applications. Data is transmitted to the M2C2 for real-time monitoring, recording and playback.
The IPU contains a central processor with the software necessary for MILES or Geometric Pairing operations. Player types, ammunition loads, radio frequencies, etc., are programmable during initialization. The IPU contains built-in MILES sensors and is affiliated with Wireless Laser Sensors (WLS) that detects MILES codes and transmits them back to the IPU over the Vehicle Area Network (VAN). The IPU incorporates the added capability to attach legacy MILES belts for extended coverage.
VEHICLE AREA NETWORK
As the data interface for the Vehicle Area Network (VAN), the IPU integrates with multiple vehicle platforms, weapons systems and training systems.
A Wireless-Vehicle Area Network (W-VAN) is created when the wireless transceiver interfaces with wireless peripheral devices such as Personal Detection Devices or Small Arms Transmitters (SAT) like the Shoot-Back Laser (SBL). The IPU is configured to transmit the laser code of currently implemented MILES platform and weapon types. This enables configured devices to be used as an M-16, 120mm M1 MBT, TOW Missile, and other weapons.
Successfully tested on multiple platforms, the IPU is a primary component of the following training systems:
The IPU has also been successfully tested on the M1A1 ABRAMS AIMS/ED, M2A2 BRADLEY IFV, COE OPFOR-TESS, and the COE CONVOY (both OPFOR and BluFOR (USAREUR).
The IPU is compliant with MIL-STD Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) and Environmental test requirements. Built-in Test (BIT) provides analysis down to the component level and does not interfere with NVG operations. The IPU is equipped with an Army Spectrum Management Office (ASMO) approved JF-12 transceiver capable of supporting 1601 wireless frequencies. It operates using CECOM-certified rechargeable SINCGARS batteries that operate up to 48 hours independent of an external power source.