SMODIM

MONITORED PARAMETERS

The SMODIM is the training instrumentation for the AH-64D Apache Longbow Tactical Engagement Simulation System (TESS) and is in use by the U.S. Army since 1998 at all three Combat Training Centers (NTC, JRTC, JMTC) and Home Stations on the following platforms:

SMODIM - SMART ONBOARD DATA INTERFACE MODULE

The Modular SMart Onboard Data Interface Module (SMODIM) integrates with aircraft and ground vehicles to provide collective Force-on-Force participation and weapons systems training. It provides simulated weapons engagements and real-time performance monitoring.

The SMODIM is the primary component of the Tactical Engagement Simulation System (TESS) and other training systems developed by Inter-Coastal Electronics (ICE). It interfaces electronically to the weapons system to provide weapons emulation. It actively monitors, tracks, records and transmits exercise data to the Command & Control station for real-time observation and playback during After Action Review (AAR). The SMODIM has a built-in GPS receiver, telemetry radio, data recorder, MIL-STD-1553 mux bus processors, and power supply.

SMODIM BLOCK IIISMODIM closeup

-- SMODIM INSTALLED IN NEW APACHE BLOCK III (TOP RIGHT SHELF) --

AREA WEAPONS EFFECT DATA
The SMODIM processes Area Weapons Effect (AWE) data received from the ground station and computes geometric solutions for the RF Hellfire, SAL, 30mm gun and rocket engagements. It selects a target from its onboard player/position database in the appropriate weapons impact footprint, then uses the Probability of Hit (Ph) factor to determine the assessment (i.e., ‘hit’/‘miss’). Via the data link, it then informs the target it has been selected for assessment. The SMODIM passes Real Time Casualty Assessment (RTCA) feedback directly to the aircraft weapons processor and the command control station through an on-board telemetry radio.

SMODIM INSTALLED

-- SMODIM INSTALLED IN PREVIOUS APACHE (BOTTOM RIGHT SHELF) --

NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS
The SMODIM maintains a dynamic position database through player-to-player communications. The on-board telemetry radio supports simultaneous distribution to multiple locations providing network communications. The radio acts as a message repeater to overcome line-of-sight interruptions. The SMODIM is configurable using an Improved Hand Held Initializer (IHHI).

SMOTAR SOFTWARE
The SMODIM interfaces with Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) networks using SMOTAR; SMODIM Tracking, Analysis & Recording software. GPS provides real-time position data as players are dynamically simulated, tracked and recorded over tactical maps and aerial photos.

The SMODIM is fully compatible with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) and laser-based direct fire weapons. Additionally, it eliminates the requirement for MILES-type lasers by providing the capability to geometrically pair weapon engagements.